The Warren Greatrex-trained Missed Approach may have tilt at the 2019 Grand National after going well in a recent run at Aintree.
Despite having a poor start, an enthusiastic display saw him lead the Becher Handicap Chase briefly before exertions took their toll and he tumbled down to sixth behind eventual winner Walk The Mile.
However, Greatrex was encouraged by his display and now believes the eight-year-old has put himself in contention for the Grand National next April.
“He’s come out of it OK, no problems. Obviously it was a bit frustrating to get left at the start, but he jumped round well. He attacked the fences and showed us that he liked them,” said the Lambourn handler.
“It didn’t help missing the break and then we made up the ground quite quick. “The plan will be all around the National, so we probably won’t run him until the weights come out, and then we’ll find something for him in February before embarking on the Grand National.”