Donald McCain is unsure whether to let Overturn make his second appearance over fences at Bangor on Friday.
One of the most popular horses in training, last season's Champion Hurdle runner-up jumped fantastically on his way to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles at Sandown last month.
The Deepbridge Capital Novices' Chase is a potential next port of call for the leading Arkle Trophy hope, but ground conditions are a concern for his trainer.
After walking the course at Bangor, McCain told At The Races: "The place is in great nick as always. The ground is a bit slower than ideal, we've still got a couple of days, and there is still a touch of frost in the ground. It leaves it very open. There is rain coming in on Friday. I would like it quicker, at the moment.
"He's a very smart horse, he always has been and he enjoys jumping fences, which is the main thing. At the moment the world's his oyster and we'll be aiming at the Arkle. He's got Cheltenham form and he's as good a two-mile novice chaser as you'll see at the moment."
McCain also had news of Peddlers Cross, who was runner-up in the 2011 Champion Hurdle to Hurricane Fly. He disappointed in the second half of last season over fences and is set to revert to hurdles this term, possibly starting off in the Cheltenham & Three Counties Race Club Hurdle Race on New Year's Day.
"He galloped this morning, we're very happy with at the moment, but we're not ready yet," said the trainer.
"We will be looking towards going for the race at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, but it's a possibility he still won't be quite ready by then, we're just going to let him tell us when he is.
"We didn't get him back in too early and he did very well over the summer. It's just taken longer than we hoped (to get him ready), but there's no harm in that."
30 October 2014Road charts route to Royal riches
Johnson taken to hospital
Grece excels at Saint-Cloud
Hawk given Greatwood option
Royal summons for Apache
Hannon: Early speed key for Osaila
Bowe takes aim at WKD bullseye
Hootenanny 'smoking' for BC mission
Avenue roads lead to Newmarket
Shu to be kept busy
Scu sweet on Sensation Ascot raid
Murtagh succumbs to Cup charms
Dandino to stay in Australia
Glance denied Mackinnon defence
Bailey ace rules Supreme at Taunton
O'Brien hit by Magician blow
Diablo in big-race picture
Buckley raises Toast to Osborne
Pastille seeking four-timer
Conti all set for Charlie Hall
Barnes out to storm Saint-Cloud
Williams issues Buywise warning
Lynam reveals Slade stalls fears
29 October 2014Lame Magician out of Breeders' Cup
Diablo in big-race picture
Mullins enters strong Hennessy team
Damaged hock behind Estid reverse
Eckhart team rocked by injury blow
Hunt Ball makes Power play
Morgiana a T bone of contention
Kirby ponders Buttons French raid
Glance camp turn to Williams
Wohler trusts 'professional' Moore
Red alert to Cup challenge
Head targets more Mile glory
Mile hope Toronado in 'great form'
Telescope camp banking on Moore
Twiston-Davies link excites Moore
Flying third to Bob on hurdling bow
Harden to test top staying waters
Godolphin take share in Belardo
Mullins has big guns at Down Royal
Annacotty set for Kempton return
Powell and Bradley cleared
28 October 2014Fingal camp on weather watch
More injury woe for Popham
Dickin unveils Thomas gameplan
Power stalls in Flemington spin
Toast drawn nine in BC Classic
My Ambivalent passed fit by vets
Harry out to bring House down
Three and easy for ton-up Hanagan
Wood carves out Galway verdict
More Of That in Wetherby frame
Big guns confirmed for Charlie Hall
Byron pencilled in for Far East
Newbury reverts to original title
Magician to stay in the US
Henderson considers hurdles for Bob
27 October 2014Mountainous back on National trail
Ground to dictate Gold run
Elite aim for Rendezvous
Classic dreams at Leopardstown
Smullen celebrates seventh title
Cheltenham target for Module
Pete shows his Aintree mettle
Royal-Oak double for Boistron
Starchitect in surprise strike
New One given Haydock mission
Balding excited by Park prospects
Sights set high for Crafty