Peregrine Run bids to make it third time lucky when he goes for glory in the Tote Galway Plate at the Ballybrit course.
Peter Fahey's stable stalwart was beaten only four lengths when consigned to fourth place in the closing stages 12 months ago.
That was an improvement on his never-threatening ninth in 2018, and the 10-year-old returns on Wednesday for another crack at the valuable handicap chase - with a Grade Three chase success sandwiched by two runs on the Flat this season.
"He seems in great form," said the County Kildare trainer.
"It's a very competitive race again - but it's great the ground is drying out for him.
"He ran a good race last year when the rain came. He handled the course well and he’s every bit in good a form this year. We’re hoping for a big run.
"He had a couple of runs on the Flat to sharpen him up and freshen him up. He had a nice run last time that has put him spot on."
His assistant David Casey summed up their chances.
"Royal Rendezvous was a decent novice last season. He won well in Naas, where he battled well to win," he said.
"He’s by King’s Theatre, so he should go on the nice ground. Hopefully there’s still some improvement left in him.
"Easy Game won his novice in Leopardstown, then he ran Faugheen close in a Grade One, so he has form at the top level. He’s a previous course winner, so that will suit him.
"Robin Des Foret has been competitive in a lot of good handicaps."
Of the remainder of the Mullins battalion, Casey added: "Cabaret Queen won the Munster National well last year and was running well in Leopardstown (in the Paddy Power Chase) when she fell.
"She made a bad mistake at Cheltenham (in the Kim Muir), but on her best form she could have a squeak.
"Livelovelaugh ran well at Cheltenham (in the Stable Plate Handicap Chase) but was badly hampered. He was second in the Leopardstown Chase and should go in the ground. He has decent form and could run well.
"Blazer has been competitive in those big handicaps — so if he runs his race again he could get involved."
Blazer is one of four contenders wearing the colours of powerful owner JP McManus — whose racing manager Frank Berry said: "He has been disappointing. He needs to get back to form."