Mad Max will make his debut for Neil Mulholland in the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree on December 3.
Formerly with Nicky Henderson, the nine-year-old has some top-class form to his name having won a Grade Two novice chase at Aintree and having finished third in the Victor Chandler Chase last season.
Now, at his owner's behest, he is set for a huge step up in trip, with the John Smith's Grand National the long-term aim.
"He'll just go straight for the Becher Chase as we've had to do a couple of things with his wind, which has been well documented," said Mulholland.
"We'd rather have him right on the day than run him just for the sake of a prep race.
"He's in good form. I don't know what he's been like at home in the past but he's very enthusiastic and he's settled in very well and seems well in himself.
"The owners want to go for the National.
"We know he has got loads of ability - it's whether he can stay that far.
"I hope it's a good decision. We'll know in December."