Tout Est Permis looks set to be aimed at the Ryanair Chase rather than the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The six-year-old grey has been a revelation since joining Noel Meade, winning at Galway, the Troytown Chase at Navan and a Grade Two at Thurles.
The most recent of those came over just short of the Ryanair trip, but he needed every yard to catch a rejuvenated Sub Lieutenant, who like Tout Est Permis is owned by Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary in the Gigginstown House Stud colours.
“Tout Est Permis is in good form since Thurles,” said Meade.
“Eddie (O’Leary, racing manager) is quite keen that he’d run in the Ryanair if everything goes well and the ground is soft.
“The handicapper put him up another 7lb, so he’s going the right way.”
Tout Est Permis is a best-priced 20-1 chance for the Ryanair on March 14 and is a general 33-1 shot for the Gold Cup the following afternoon.