Seamus Mullins hopes to get at least one more run into Chesterfield ahead of an outing in in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Wiltshire-based handler intends to look for something early next month for the Grade Two-winning hurdler after admitting he faces a race against time to get him ready for the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster on January 26.
Mullins said: “Chesterfield gave himself a little bang after his last race at Kempton. He has not missed much work as such, but he has been on the easy list.
“We wanted to aim him back at the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster, but he has only started coming back cantering so he probably won’t make it back for that, so we will look at something early in February.
“The aim is still the Arkle – he will have an entry in the Grand Annual, although I’m not as keen on that.
“I’d love to have a crack at the Arkle as I was fourth in it before with Farmer Jack.
“This horse deserves to have a crack in something like the Arkle.”