Bold Sir Brian is in the mix for the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park on January 19.
Trained by Lucinda Russell, the seven-year-old has won five of his eight starts over fences, including a very impressive victory last time out at Sandown.
Russell has given him an entry in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and will hold talks with his owners about an entry in the Ryanair Chase at the Festival.
The Argento Chase at Cheltenham on Trials Day had been mentioned as a possible option, but Russell has now nominated the Haydock event won in the past by he likes of Little Owl, Bregawn, Jodami and Our Vic.
She said: "Bold Sir Brian has an entry in the Gold Cup and I'm also going to talk to his owner about whether we should enter him in the two-mile-five race (Ryanair) as well. He's coming along nicely and the Peter Marsh is likely to be his next race."
The trainer's staying chaser Silver By Nature, who has not been seen since the 2011 John Smith's Grand National, is nearing a return to action. The grey won Haydock's Grand National Trial in 2010 and 2011 and has that race as an aim once more in February.
He is first likely to contest either the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster or the Peter Marsh, while a trip to Ireland could be on the agenda later in the season.
The handler went on: "Silver By Nature worked on Sunday and went really well. I think he'll start off in either the Peter Marsh or the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. The Grand National Trial at Haydock will be his main aim again.
"We had considered one of the big handicaps in Ireland because he'd get his ground, but he needs a run to get back to his best. We might go over to Ireland in the spring with him."
Russell has yet to come up with a plan for her promising novice Tap Night, owned by JP McManus, after his win last week. "No decision has been taken as to where he'll run yet, but I was delighted with how he did it. We'll just look for another novice somewhere," she said.
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