Fruity O'Rooney will head back to Cheltenham for the Festival meeting as he bids to improve on last year's second in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase.
Gary Moore's chaser ran another fine race at the weekend, chasing home possible Gold Cup contender Katenko in the Murphy Group Chase over two miles five furlongs.
It proved to Moore, however, that three miles is his trip, and a return to better ground will be in his favour come March.
The handler said: "He's been so consistent. I'm glad I ran him over the shorter trip as I was adamant that he had the pace for it, but even in that ground he was blatantly outpaced.
"He'll go back for the same race he ran in last year. The handicapper has left him alone so he'll be 1lb lower than when second last year, so you'd imagine he'll have a good chance."
Fruity O'Rooney is a general 16-1 chance to go one better than last year.
Moore faces a race against time to get Bergo ready for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
The 10-year-old, who landed the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2010, won three out of four races in his novice chase season, ending up with a fourth place in a Grade One at Aintree.
But he has not been seen since finishing fourth in the Doncaster Cup of 2011 and Moore will only run him if he is happy with his condition.
The trainer said: "We've not had him back in that long but if I can get him there, I'd like to run him in the World Hurdle. He's unexposed over hurdles, fences and on the Flat really. I wouldn't send him there just for the sake of it, so he'd have to be pleasing me to run."
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