Vautour could make his eagerly-awaited seasonal debut in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase here on Saturday.
Trainer Willie Mullins has given the exciting six-year-old an entry in the Grade Two contest over an extended two miles and five furlongs.
"I've put him in at Ascot and I'm happy with him," said Mullins.
Vautour, a Cheltenham Festival winner for the last two years, won three of his four starts over fences last term which culminated in his fantastic JLT Novices' Chase success in March.
Ptit Zig is set to line up following his recent victory in the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal.
Trainer Paul Nicholls reports his talented six-year-old in good form but that he will need to improve should Vautour cross the Irish Sea.
"He is fine since coming back from Ireland but he wants to be fine, and to find a bit more, if Vautour comes over," said the Ditcheat handler.
Vautour looks to have frightened away some potential opposition as the race has been re-opened until Tuesday due to insufficient entries.
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