Hunt Ball is set to have his sights lowered after being officially scratched from the Betfred Gold Cup at Cheltenham next month.
The Keiran Burke-trained eight-year-old ran a fine race in defeat at Cheltenham last weekend when third to Cape Tribulation and Imperial Commander in the Argento Chase.
Second to Menorah in the Peterborough Chase prior to that at Kempton over Christmas, the career of the Anthony Knott-owned gelding has been a rags-to-riches tale, and he will now attempt to add to it in the Byrne Group Plate at the Festival meeting.
After winning a novice handicap chase at Folkestone off a mark of 69 in November 2011, Hunt Ball's rise continued last year, culminating in victory in the Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase at the Festival in March. He is now rated 157.
Colourful owner Knott, who has landed some touches and claimed to have backed his horse to win £1m in the Gold Cup, told At The Races: "There's no point in kidding ourselves. We want to place him in a race we can win out there and the race for that is the Byrne Plate.
"It's recoup some money time. This horse is going to have some wins by his name and that is an obvious race that would jump off the page."
Knott ruled out the possibility of supplementing Hunt Ball for the Ryanair Chase.
He went on: "Keiran wants to go there, but there's £13,500 now to stump up for that (at the supplementary stage) and at the end of the day I've done my money (on Hunt Ball in the Gold Cup) and I haven't had a run yet, so we are going to come down a little in class.
"I need to have a bet to recuperate some money and the obvious race for him is the Byrne Plate.
"If we had entered him in the Ryanair that would have been the race. The Byrne Plate is going to be an easier race than the Ryanair, but he had a really hard race at Cheltenham the other day and I don't want to bottom him again."
25 July 2014Tag team happy to have a go
Telescope reaches for stars
Euro chasing dollar signs
Estimate given Goodwood entry
Hughes misses Newmarket rides
Pique Sous out for season
Secret chasing York success
Bill seeks International acclaim
Reason aiming to deliver in Dash
Tag team have a crack at George
Telescope has record in sights
Nicholls pays tribute to Business
Remote on comeback trail
Flintshire misses George date
Hills reveals positive test horse
Kennedy floored on Leopardstown bow
Candy sweet on hot-shot Alonsoa
Big guns in Irish Champion frame
Farraaj sidesteps York return
Classy entries for Champagne
Stars align for Sussex showdown
Kiyoshi dips in grade for Valiant
Gosden waits on Eagle call
Horsted heads International runners
24 July 2014Kennedy floored on Leopardstown bow
BHA confirms seventh morphine case
Duo added to Irish Leger
Carroll 'surprise' at morphine link
Two more trainers in morphine case
Top field seek George glory
Midgley delivers Silva service
Trainer caught up in morphine case
Lyons takes aim at Tyros double
Sunset shines for Her Majesty
Raydara facing Flash test
Prize boost for Newmarket heats
Field pitch perfect for Ascot raid
Gosden team among Leger entries
Goodwood target for Tropics
23 July 2014Feed company launches investigation
Toast team offer American excuse
Galway on Panama agenda
Panther sidesteps George date
Toast team offer American excuse
Hughes' duo primed for Plate
Cooper hearing concludes
Edison set for Galway glory bid
Ferguson plotting Galway raid
Queen's Estimate tests positive
Moonlight shines at Musselburgh
Taghrooda could go off favourite
Signal pointed at Phoenix
Course specialist in Ascot return
Bary plots Arc route for Spiritjim
Charlton weighs up Kazeem options
Varian seeking York glory
High hopes for Odeliz
22 July 2014Strangeway targets Galway riches
Grade One status for Mares' event
Halford retains Certerach faith
HRI unveil 2015 plans
Buick on Ascot weather watch
Minella to take Plate test
Scudamore banned for course blunder
Toscanini team mull options
Faydhan team in no rush
Fast Kaar given Dewhurst target
Pique Sous confirmed for Galway
Hannon team cool on Nunthorpe bid
Channon excited by Amralah progress
Haggas expects Hanagan to ride Tag