Connections of Mister Whitaker are considering a return to Cheltenham next to decide whether he will then be ready to move up to Grade One level for the first time.
The Mick Channon-trained six-year-old may take in the Grade Three Cheltenham Handicap Chase on January 26.
After winning on his seasonal bow at Carlisle, the Tim Radford-owned gelding – who claimed Listed glory at the Festival in March – finished fourth in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time out.
Jack Channon, son and assistant trainer, said: “Mister Whitaker has got two options going forward.
“There is a Listed race at Kempton over two and a half miles on January 12, or there is an extended two-and-a-half-mile Grade Three race at Cheltenham a couple of weeks later.
“He will go for one of those and if he is good enough to win one of them, we will look at the Ascot Chase. He has come out of his last race at Cheltenham in fantastic shape.”