Key Naas Date for Atout
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned five-year-old bolted up in a Naas bumper last January and could not have been more impressive on his hurdling bow at Navan a month ago.
Un Atout is a 16/1 chance for the Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser ahead of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins said: "He's a course and distance winner in Naas, so we're happy enough to let him run there.
"We'll know a lot more about him after the race."
Un Atout's Festival credentials are likely be given a thorough examination, with Dessie Hughes' dual winner Art Of Logistics and the Charlie Swan-trained bumper scorer Tangled Web in opposition.
The six-runner field is completed by Rory O'Moore, Celtic Passion and Title Music.
Naas will hold an 8am precautionary inspection ahead of its meeting on Saturday.