Trafford Lad is on course to make his chasing debut at Punchestown next Thursday.
Trainer Dusty Sheehy reports the six-year-old to be schooling well at home ahead of the Buck House Novice Chase.
“Hopefully he’ll get his first run of the season at Punchestown in the big novice race,” said the Kilkenny handler.
“He’s done a lot of schooling and he’s jumping very well.
“He’s improved and has matured into himself.”
Trafford Lad is already prominent in the ante-post betting at 20-1 for the Arkle Trophy and the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at Cheltenham next March.
He was a Grade One novice hurdle winner at Navan in December and finished third at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals in the spring.