Carruthers faces a crucial workout on Wednesday ahead of his run in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
The seven-year-old, bred and co-owned by Lord Oaksey, is reported to have taken time to recover from the rough race he had on his reappearance behind Massini’s Maguire at Ascot last month.
However, the Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth is showing the right signs again.
“He got very knocked around in that race at Ascot where everything kept jumping into him,” said trainer Mark Bradstock’s wife Sara.
“He’s taken a bit of time to come right. He does seem to be fine now, but it will very much depend on him working well and scoping well on Wednesday.
“That’s the thing. He just came back a bit battered after his traffic problems in the race. I think he was battered physically and mentally.
“He’s really perking up now but we would like to see him do a really good bit of work and scope well and for everything to be perfect on Wednesday.
“We’re just 1lb wrong and with Denman still in, there are lots of horses out of the handicap. I think it could be a strange Hennessy. He’ll definitely be confirmed for the race tomorrow.”
Jockey Paddy Brennan, fresh from his Betfair Chase success on Imperial Commander, teams up with the Ian Williams-trained Weird Al, but he fears the Paul Nicholls-trained dual Hennessy hero Denman.
“At the weights next week against Denman, if he’s going to be a Gold Cup horse he’s going to have to get very close to him or beat him,” he told At The Races.
“I rode him at Wetherby last year and he gave me a great feel. He was a very nice novice chaser and he was very good at Carlisle, but I think the most interesting thing now is for everybody is to see Denman on Saturday.
“He’s still the horse for me. He’s massive price for the Gold Cup and I still think he’s the one we have to beat.
“He’s definitely a bit forgotten and if he goes and wins the Hennessy, he’ll be shortening up a lot for the Gold Cup I imagine.”