Nicky Henderson has ruled West Wizard out of his possible entry in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Dai Walters' gelding started the season as a leading contender in the betting after winning his debut in a bumper at Kempton last spring but was beaten by Sgt Reckless on his only start over hurdles back at the Sunbury course in November and is now set to keep his novice status intact for another season.
"We're going to leave him alone," said Henderson.
"He has just had issues. You could bring him back and win a novice in March somewhere, but there's no point in that."