The success story of the previous campaign which saw him claim the Queen Mother Champion Chase among six victories, his absence has been felt hard by the Moore family.
A hip injury has been the problem but trainer Gary Moore had more positive news to report of the eight-year-old, who now has the Clarence House Chase or the Game Spirit as his options before a return to Cheltenham.
“He was ridden for the first time this morning, it was nice to get a saddle on his back,” said Moore on At The Races.
“Obviously I’m just afraid that we try to do too much too soon, but it was great and he was as sound as you could expect at this stage after an injury.
“You saw a different Jamie (Moore, jockey) this morning, he was happy and he was talking.
“He’d definitely have to have a prep race (for Cheltenham) if things carry on the way they are.
“There’s only two or three options, whether he gets ready in time for the Clarence House (former Victor Chandler) or whether it be the Game Spirit I don’t know, it’s time now, getting him fit in time.”