Coneygree looks set to make his seasonal reappearance in the 188Bet Future Stars Chase at Sandown on November 8.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is likely to bypass the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle on Sunday for which he currently holds an entry.
Connections are leaning towards giving their stable star his first run of the campaign nearer home, as long as conditions are suitable at the Surrey venue.
If that goes well, trainer Mark Bradstock will prepare Coneygree for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 28 which his half-brother Carruthers won in 2011.
“He is more likely to go to Sandown. Ground permitting, we’ll head there,” said trainer Mark Bradstock.
“He’s in very good form.”
Both horses had other entries, but the Ditcheat trainer has chosen to take Ptit Zig to Northern Ireland for the Grade Two over two and a half miles.
However, Saphir Du Rheu is still set to make his seasonal debut in the next few days, either in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle on Sunday or the Weatherbys VAT Services Graduation Chase at Kempton on Monday.
Nicholls tweeted: “Ptit Zig is going to Down Royal not Saphir Du Rheu who will go to Carlisle or Kempton.”
The Grade One-winning rider sustained the setback after parting company with the Patrick Neville-trained Millstream Ned at the third last in the WB Gavin & Co EBF Beginners Chase.
O’Connell said: “I went for a scan on Tuesday with the specialist and there is still plenty of bruising and swelling around the knee.
“I have got to let the swelling go down and I have to go back in three or four weeks time for another scan.
“It could be that I am ok after that time but there is a possibility that I have suffered ligament damage. I will find out more when I have my next scan.”
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