The Giant Bolster will start his campaign in the totepool Silver Trophy at Chepstow but connections have their eyes firmly on Cheltenham.
David Bridgwater is targeting his stable star at the Paddy Power Gold Cup after a promising first season over fences.
The six-year-old looked a novice chaser of enormous potential last season with wins at Worcester and in a decent race at Cheltenham but failed to get round in either the RSA Chase or the Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree.
In an attempt to rebuild his confidence, he will be given a spin over timber in the valuable Chepstow event before returning to Cheltenham.
"He'll run in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow, we'll start him off over hurdles to begin with just to help him get his confidence and give him a pipe-opener," Bridgwater told At The Races.
"After that I hope he'll go for the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He's certainly stronger (this year). I know everyone says their horses are better the year after but he looks stronger anyway."