Jessica Harrington will make a decision early next week on whether to let Sizing John return to action at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.
The 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero was unable to defend his crown at Prestbury Park in March after suffering injury and has not been seen on a racecourse in over a year.
The nine-year-old has been ready to run for some time, but connections have sidestepped several engagements on account of unsuitable ground and although he holds entries in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase and Unibet Irish Gold Cup next weekend, Harrington is not committing to either race just yet.
Speaking at Huntingdon on Friday, the trainer said: “A decision on Sizing John will be made on Tuesday. We’re just going to see about a few things, so watch this space.”
Robbie Power is Sizing John’s regular partner and he is looking forward to his competitive comeback – wherever that might be.
Power said: “I worked him last Friday and he felt very good. I’m looking forward to getting him started.
“We’ve just had to be patient with him, just like those who have Presenting Percy and that paid off for them on Thursday.
“Hopefully it will be the same for us.”
Plans are more concrete for Sizing John’s stablemate Supasundae, with Harrington confirming him on course to bid for back-to-back wins in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle on Saturday week.