Whatuthink is to be aimed at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham after his near-miss at Leopardstown last week.
The Oliver McKiernan-trained seven-year-old went down by only a head against Catch Me in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle.
He had earlier run well behind Duc De Regniere in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.
“We were delighted with him, it was the aim since Newbury where we found a lot out about him,” said McKiernan’s assistant Adrian Keatley.
“He has to be handy, he needs a good, fast pace and he likes nicer ground.
“In hindsight we probably didn’t go fast enough from a mile out but he looks like he could be a real good horse over three miles.
“There’s not that many options before Cheltenham for him but there’s a Grade Two in a couple of weeks at Gowran.
“If Nicky Henderson’s horse (Punchestowns) turns up (at Cheltenham) in the same sort of form as he did at Ascot – he’ll be very hard to beat, he looks a machine.
“We’ll think about Aintree also with him but he’s entitled to go for the World Hurdle after that run.”