Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old finished second in the Champion Hurdle in March, but he has been continually blighted by head-strong tendencies.
Connections of the Grade One-winning hurdler are now considering a new vocation.
Henderson said: “We are thinking along the lines of schooling him over a fence and see what AP (Tony McCoy) thinks, then make a decision.”
Stablemate Bobs Worth, the 2013 Gold Cup hero, could again run in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in February – a race he won in 2012.
The nine-year-old gelding excelled in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas but turned in a curious effort when only fifth in his defence of the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.
Henderson said: “You’d probably want to have some sort of a (prep) race (before the Hennessy).
“He has not got a real robust constitution. You couldn’t have run him again after Cheltenham.”
Henderson reports all to be well with Sprinter Sacre as the brilliant two-mile chaser builds-up steadily after having a heart scare when beaten at Kempton last Christmas.
The Tingle Creek at Sandown on December 6, which he won in 2012 on the way to taking the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, would be the main objective in the first half of the campaign.
“He’s been back in five weeks and cantering for two. He looks exceptionally well and so far it’s been great,” he told Channel 4 Racing.
“You have no option I don’t think, but to go straight to the Tingle Creek. There’s nowhere else to go.
“He would go for the Shloer at Cheltenham if he was ready. I just think we’ll see how things are going.
“There isn’t much for him other than the Tingle Creek and the Victor Chandler (before Cheltenham).
“I don’t think there’s any need for heart monitors or anything like that. We’ll know with the first bit of work he does.”
Simonsig is another of Henderson’s star chasers who is on the comeback trail but the trainer is confident the grey can return as good as ever.
Simonsig, winner of the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham in 2013, had a splint problem which kept him off the track for the entirety of last season.
It is unlikely Simonsig and Sprinter Sacre will clash as Henderson expects the former to run over longer distances with the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day the first serious target.
“He is a seriously good horse. He’s the only horse we had two years ago who would be capable of going with Sprinter Sacre and very capable of doing so,” said the Seven Barrows trainer.
“Last year we never got as far as working him because that splint interfered. We got him to slow work but never got him to fast work.
“There is no doubt we’ll be trying Simonsig over further. He won a Neptune so he’s proved two and a half and two five at Cheltenham is no problem.
“If you had to have a little guess we might be looking more at the King George, but that’s a long way away.
“His splint has been repaired and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be every bit as good and he is seriously good.
“Sprinter has got a little bit more to prove in his own way because he actually under-performed when he had that hiccup that day (at Kempton).
“This fellow just had a straight forward splint and it was just affecting his bone density really on his near fore.”