David Bridgwater will consider a trip to Kempton in February for The Giant Bolster after his fine effort behind Time For Rupert on Wednesday.
The six-year-old has endured mixed fortunes since being sent over fences but showed his engine remains intact when going down by under two lengths at level weights to Paul Webber's star.
Bridgwater is keen not to over-race him this season and hopes to be rewarded with a big prize somewhere down the line.
"It was another clear round and though he was scratchy at a couple at least he's going in and popping," said Bridgwater.
"Everybody was happy yesterday. Mr Webber was happy, I was happy so the job's a good 'un.
"He's still only a baby. If he's still enjoying the game in three years he'll be twice the horse he is now.
"I don't think the handicapper can hit him too hard as it was a false run race.
"I never like over racing my horses so something like the Racing Post Chase might be next for him, then after that we might look at Cheltenham. One of the handicaps maybe but if he wins at Kempton who knows?
"He's good enough for races like that, I've got no doubt.
"I'm not worried about his handicap mark as you can either win off it or you can't. People moan about small fields in graduation races but it's because people are worried about finishing close to a good horse."