Crack Away Jack is set to take his chance in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown next month.
The five-year-old, who finished fourth in last season’s Champion Hurdle for trainer Emma Lavelle, made a pleasing start to his fencing career with a bloodless success at the Esher track earlier this month.
Crack Away Jack faced just two rivals that day but Lavelle was pleased enough with his 17-length success and will now step the gelding up to Grade Two company.
“The plan is to run at the Tingle Creek meeting,” said Lavelle’s assistant Barry Fenton.
“He came out of his last race really well and he tried to throw me off the other day when I rode him, which is a sign he’s well.
“He wasn’t really switched on over the first three fences last time, but once he switched on he was good. I think a more competitive race will suit him better.”
Crack Away Jack is a best-priced 8-1 for next year’s Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March.