Tom George could let Double Shuffle take up his entry in the King George VI Chase should the ground be favourable at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The Slad trainer was delighted with the seven-year-old's latest effort to finish second to Top Notch in the Christy 1965 Chase over an inadequate trip at Ascot on Saturday.
That was the first time ground conditions had been suitable since Double Shuffle finished second on his seasonal debut at Chepstow in October.
After that, George took Double Shuffle out of Wetherby's Charlie Hall Chase and the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton as the going was too soft.
"He's rated in the 150s now. He had to step up in grade and put up a proper showing," said George.
"He prefers three miles more than two-miles-five. It would have been sharp enough for him but he still put in a big performance.
"He needs good ground which is why we kept pulling him out, and I'm sure there's a good day ahead of him.
"He's in the King George and I know it's a shot in the dark but he does love that track - he ran a big race when second in the BetBright Chase, despite making a bad mistake (three out) - and if it came up good ground I wouldn't rule him out if we ran him.
"If the ground went his way, it might not be to the advantage of some of the others. He is improving."