Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh will be reunited when Tidal Bay tackles the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.
Walsh became available after his intended mount, the Willie Mullins-trained Rubi Ball, was a surprising absentee from the five-day declarations for the Grade One feature, returning lame from a schooling session at Punchestown.
With Boston Bob, owned like Tidal Bay by Graham Wylie, also taken out, Mullins was left without a runner and Walsh was suddenly hot property.
His former boss Nicholls, who until this season had shared Walsh's services with Mullins, was first to snap him up for the veteran Tidal Bay. The 13-year-old ran a blinder in the Welsh Grand National to show he has lost none of his ability and on his only previous visit to Leopardstown he won the Lexus Chase.
"We've decided to go to Ireland with Tidal. It's a small field, good prize money, he's one from one at the track and he'll get his ground. Of course Ruby being available also helps, so it has worked out for us. Mr Wylie will have some other runners on the card as well so it made sense to run really," said Nicholls.