Neil King is keeping all the options open as he looks to run Lil Rockerfeller at least once this month.
The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton over Christmas is the number one target for the talented stayer, who has won all his three races over fences so far.
However, King will give the seven-year-old entries in three-mile novice chases at Cheltenham and Doncaster next week.
As a precaution against the unpredictable British weather, the Wiltshire trainer has put Lil Rockerfeller in the JLT Hurdle, better known as the Long Walk, at Ascot on December 22.
“Lil Rockerfeller is good. He remains in very good form. He will have entries at Cheltenham and Doncaster the weekend after next before we decide whether he run at one of those or waits for Kempton,” said King.
“They are both three-mile novice chases, it’s just that Doncaster is worth a lot more money.
“We’ll look at the ground, the quality of the entry, the prize money, the lot. We’ll have a look and see if we run then or wait for the Kauto Star at Kempton.
“We’ve given him an entry in the Long Walk at Ascot, but we just put that in more as an insurance policy just in case we were waiting for Kempton on Boxing Day and there was frost and snow in the weather forecast and there was no racing.
“We want to keep him over fences, but I just thought it would be silly not to put him in at Ascot – if there was snow forecast all over Christmas, then you’d kick yourself for not having an entry.”
Milansbar, fifth in the Grand National behind Tiger Roll, is set to make his seasonal debut in the Betfair London National Handicap Chase at Sandown on Saturday.
King reports the 11-year-old to be ready to return to the fray.
“He’s been in lovely form all autumn and so we’re looking forward to getting him back on the track,” he said.
“It should be a proper test of jumping and stamina round there. The softer the ground, the better for him.”