Martin Keighley has ruled his Festival runner-up Champion Court out of a return trip to Cheltenham for the Paddy Power Gold Cup on November 17.
Keighley revealed the news on the day the weights were released for the first major handicap of the new season, for which Grands Crus is 3-1 favourite with the sponsors having been allotted 11st 6lb. The Gloucestershire handler will also bypass the race with Havingotascoobydo.
Champion Court was runner-up to the unbeaten Sir Des Champs back in March and filled the same spot behind Silviniaco Conti at Aintree a month later. The seven-year-old has been allotted 11st 4lb but will instead run in the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot two weeks later.
Ascot is also likely to be the target for his stablemate, who would be out of the handicap if the top-weight Poquelin took his chance.
Keighley tweeted: "Champion Court bypasses the Paddy Power & now heads for Ascot's Amlin Chase. Havingotascoobydo also misses the PP & has options at Ascot."
David Pipe has still not decided whether to take advantage of what looks a lenient handicap mark with Grands Crus or start his season off at the highest level in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Paul Nicholls has eight entries in total which include his impressive Down Royal winner Cristal Bonus (11st 6lb) and Grade One winner Al Ferof (11st 8lb). For Non Stop created plenty of interest when he waltzed away with the Old Roan Chase but his task has been made harder having been allotted 11st 11lb.
Hunt Ball was the success story of last season and he will carry 11st 6lb for Keiran Burke. Micheal Flips is an interesting contender for Andy Turnell with just 10st 8lb on his back and the former jockey was happy with his charge after finishing fifth at Ascot on Saturday.
Turnell said: "I thought that he ran all right at Ascot on Saturday - he was carrying a lot of weight and the trip was a bit sharp for him. He will be better for the run and it should put him spot-on for Cheltenham.
"His good form last season was very good. His second to For Non Stop looks very good now and he seemed to run consistently well without setting the world alight. He made one error with his jumping on Saturday but he jumped pretty well otherwise and he seems more confident over his fences now."
7 February 2016Dean Ivory praise for Chelmsford star Kadrizzi
Nicky Henderson gunning for Cheltenham with Musselburgh winner O O Seven
Noel Meade still sweet on Cheltenham Gold Cup with Road To Riches
Nicky Henderson plans to assess Peace And Co
O O Seven has licence to thrill at Musselburgh
Kadrizzi delivers at Chelmsford for Dean Ivory
Gitane Du Berlais stamps class on Listed heat at Naas
Paul Nicholls and Tommy Silver strike Musselburgh gold
Babbling Stream in full flow at Naas for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh
Charbel rules supreme at Musselburgh for Kim Bailey
Nigel Twiston-Davies hails Bristol De Mai performance
Victoria Pendleton pulls up Working Title at Wadebridge point-to-point
Le Reve team have sights set on Grand National glory
McCoy retains Ivanovich Gorbatov faith despite Leopardstown eclipse
Leopardstown date set to determine Aspen Colorado Cheltenham plan
Colin Tizzard considering racecourse gallop for Gold Cup contender Cue Card
Jonjo O'Neill favouring Newbury date for More Of That
Grendisar powers to Winter Derby Trial repeat at Lingfield
Sad postscript to Leopardstown hunter chase win for You Must Know Me
Saddlers Encore the hero in Sandown test
Carlingford Lough repeats Irish Gold Cup heroics in Leopardstown drama
Blaklion roars to Towton Chase glory at Wetherby
Outlander strikes in Flogas Chase for Grade One king Willie Mullins
Bristol De Mai on course for Cheltenham and JLT after stylish Scilly Isles win
Bleu Et Rouge too good for Tombstone in Deloitte at Leopardstown
Peace And Co shocked at Sandown as Connetable takes Contenders Hurdle
Ivanovich Gorbatov floored by Willie Mullins' trio in Spring Juvenile Hurdle
6 February 2016Ffos Las officials forced to concede defeat
Double delight for Aidan Coleman at Catterick
Ffos Las fixture subject to second inspection at midday
Andrew Tinkler looking forward to high-profile Musselburgh card
Green light for Ffos Las fixture
Zabana raring to go for Flogas mission
Definitly Red spells danger for Wetherby rivals in Towton Chase
Medinas returns to action at Sandown
Nicky Richards launches dual Welsh Champion raid at Ffos Las
Ffos Las fixture subject to morning check
Hunting star On The Fringe returns at Leopardstown
Can Bellshill give Yanworth something to think about at Leopardstown?
Outlander and Pont Alexandre loom large in Flogas Chase
Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov bids to cement Festival place
Rebecca Curtis runners dominate West Wales National field
Tea For Two targeting Grade One double in Scilly Isles date
Sir Des Champs goes for more Gold for Gigginstown
Noel Meade surprised by Road To Riches' odds in Gold Cup test
Peace And Co out to prove he is a genuine Champion Hurdle contender
5 February 2016Alan King outlines plans for star juveniles
Nina Carberry misses On The Fringe mount following back injury
Victoria Pendleton heads to Wadebridge to continue riding experience
Cold As Ice aiming to sparkle for William Haggas in Cleves outing at Lingfield
American ace Frosted puts down World Cup marker at Meydan
Alan King 'keeps it simple' and focuses solely on Neptune with Yanworth
Henry Daly sets sights on Sandown with Towcester winner Flashjack
Arkwrisht proves best for Willie Mullins at Clonmel
Harry Whittington set to swerve Cheltenham with Arzal
Ivanovich Gorbatov tops Triumph list at Cheltenham Festival
Willie Mullins makes monster Supreme entry at Cheltenham
Howard Johnson - I wouldn't have confidence for a training return
Sandy Thomson rules Seeyouatmidnight out of Wetherby heat
4 February 2016Arkwrisht proves best for Willie Mullins at Clonmel
Lifetime bans to be imposed in Ireland for drug missue
Barters Hill handed Albert Bartlett ticket at Cheltenham Festival
Alan King takes aim at Neptune with classy Yanworth
'Bouncing' Road To Riches thrills Noel Meade before Leopardstown date
Anthony Honeyball considers Lily Waugh Cheltenham Festival target
Michael Scudamore has Next Sensation on track for Cheltenham
Paul Nicholls has weighty Grand National issue with Silviniaco Conti
Welcome winner for Jonjo O'Neill at Ludlow
Saeed bin Suroor pays tribute to 'one of the best' on death of Halling, aged 25
French dark horse Maquisard could enter Triumph Hurdle picture
Allysson Monterg sets Richard Hobson a Festival poser with Leicester win
Zawraq future 'in the balance' following slow recovery process
Jeremy Kyle ITV racing role 'discussed'
Michael Scudamore admits defeat in race to get Monbeg Dude to Aintree
Television ace Brian Gleeson seeking Clonmel riches with Dont Tell No One
Mags Mullins retains faith in World Hurdle contender Martello Tower