Cue Card to run at Exeter
Cue Card's season is set to kick off with the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter before he defends his Ryanair Chase crown.
Connections of the Colin Tizzard-trained seven-year-old are also keen on trying three miles again in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day in which he was a disappointing fifth to Long Run last Christmas.
"He's been back in since the middle of July. He looks an absolute picture. He's doing work similar to all of them," Tizzard's son and stable jockey Joe told At The Races.
"I think it's quite possible we'll go back to Exeter again. It's a limited handicap. There's no doubt we'll have another go at Kempton (in the King George) as well.
"Trip-wise we think he'll definitely get it, but first time out we don't want him to be fresh and full of himself in over exuberance.
"After that there's the obvious targets - Kempton, the Ascot race (Betfair Chase) and probably the Ryanair again.
"We are limited as to what races he can run in. He learnt as the year went on last season to race better, to settle better and I'm sure that's going to improve now he's grown up and he's not an old horse now.
"We won't be dropping back in trip (to two miles). We will be looking at further options. Now he has learnt to settle in his race, he will get further and further. He's bred to stay and we've always said we thought he would stay."