David Bridgwater was glad to have sidestepped a gruelling renewal of the Argento Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday with The Giant Bolster.
Last year's Gold Cup runner-up has had an interrupted season due to the weather with several plans falling by the wayside, but Bridgwater decided to skip Cheltenham and head for the Denman Chase on February 9 at Newbury instead.
With Grands Crus doing little to enhance his Gold Cup claims when pulled up in the Argento, Bridgwater is hoping regular pilot Tom Scudamore could now be available for his stable star.
"I don't think many people learned much from Cheltenham on Saturday regarding March as the ground was so bad - although it was great racing," said Bridgwater.
"I can't understand the price of Imperial Commander. He was as good as Kauto Star and Denman and looked as good as ever to me on Saturday - he'll be in the mix that's for sure.
"The Giant Bolster will head for the Denman Chase providing the ground isn't too bad. It wouldn't bother me if he didn't run again, though, he won't want for fitness. He's always been a spring horse and next year I may bring him back in later as it's been a nightmare this year.
"It would just be nice for everyone to see him in action as (the King George at) Kempton was a complete waste of everyone's time. As soon as AP (McCoy) got on his back, his ears went back as if he was saying "who's this?".
"We could just do with him having a clear round and getting some confidence.
"While it wasn't nice to see Grands Crus pulled up, I think it means we'll have our jockey back in the Gold Cup. He knows him very well."
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Classy Conor loses life
Jet-propelled Jezki takes Champion
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Warhorse wins Arkle battle
Vautour storms to Supreme success
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Mullins to field three in JLT
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Ruby ready to Rock
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Cooper raring to go after fall
National glee for supersub Mullins
Francome fancies New One revenge
Quinn targets another Triumph
Buck's primed for World title bid
Cheltenham team monitor ground
Fenton delays Instalment call
Activial to duck Festival mission
Hope springs eternal for Encore
Fab Fly takes on eight in Champion
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Top trainers reject watering
Hinterland takes Champion test
Baltimore sets up bonus bid
Warrior wins Trial battle
Fallon hits Meydan heights
Chartreux bounces back to best
Brave Vic has Final word
Soumillon strikes on super Shea
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Briar tops Bartlett contenders
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Ginge fires burn brightly for Neild
Creek forced out of Gold Cup
Milan targeting Final glory
McCoy to miss Sunday and Monday
Exchange rate pays dividend
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Conor settles in at Cheltenham
De Bromhead sweet on Special
Epsom to honour St Nick
Mullins dominates JLT entries
Al and Dynaste top Ryanair field
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