Connections of Diamond Harry have their fingers firmly crossed the 2010 Hennessy Gold Cup hero can return to action in the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton on Saturday.
The Nick Williams-trained nine-year-old was due to make his reappearance in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last weekend, but suffered a slight setback.
However, he has got over that and could attempt to defy top weight of 11st 12lb in what would be his first handicap since he was successful at Newbury nearly two years ago.
"He got a knock on the gallops last week. It wasn't serious otherwise he wouldn't be entered for Saturday," said owner Paul Duffy.
"Hopefully he'll turn up and we'll see how he goes
"He's obviously had a difficult time, he's OK now, but we'll find out on the day."
Diamond Harry has been restricted to just four runs since winning the Hennessy.
A season to forget began when he was a late withdrawal from last year's Charlie Hall after he got cast in his box at the racecourse stables overnight.
Though he shaped encouragingly when fourth to Kauto Star in the Betfair Chase at Haydock three weeks later, he could not build on that performance.
He completed the course on his next start when fifth behind Midnight Chase in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January but was pulled up in both the Gold Cup and Betfred Bowl, having had a wind operation and then suffering a leg infection.