The talented eight-year-old was beaten just a head by the equally promising Pride Of Dulcote on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury last month.
He holds an entry in a graduation chase at Haydock this weekend but a return to Berkshire on February 12 is on his agenda, according to his in-form trainer.
“I think the Aon Chase is the most likely target for him and he’s in good form,” said the Seven Barrows handler.
“He worked on Saturday and I was very pleased with him at Newbury.”
Meanwhile, Tidal Bay is on course for a crack at the Argento Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday week.
The enigmatic 10-year-old ran his best race for some time when second to Imperial Commander in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and a prominent showing on his next start could earn him a place in the Cheltenham Gold Cup field.