Neil Mulholland believes Midnight Chase is a lively outsider for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
His stable star has won three times at Prestbury Park this season, rising from a mark of 137 to 163 in the process and how heads straight to chasing's blue riband.
"He won't run again, the next time you see him will be in the Gold Cup," said Mulholland.
"He's been on a high around Cheltenham, we can get him fit here and give him a racecourse gallop. There is no point running him at another track for the sake of it, we're not saying he can't handle other tracks, but he enjoys Cheltenham.
Direct route"If we can get him fit enough and sharp enough, we are very happy to go straight there.
"He's rated 163 now. You see Long Run with a rating of 162 and Diamond Harry at 168, but we have the Cheltenham form over fences.
"We just hope he'll run a nice race, we're not shouting from the rooftops saying we're going to win this and that. He should run a nice race."