Dan Skelton believes Two Taffs can run a big race in the Ladbrokes Trophy.
The nine-year-old returned to action, after more than two years on the sidelines, with an encouraging run to finish third behind The Worlds End in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby.
He has had just six races over fences, and this month’s hurdles return has encouraged Skelton to aim high.
“His comeback run was better than we thought,” said the Alcester trainer.
“I’d done plenty of work with him, but I hadn’t been to the well with him.
“He ran a lot better than expected, truth be known.”
Skelton is hoping Two Taffs will soon be making up for lost time – however he fares at Newbury next weekend.
He added: “In an ideal world he would have been around the last two seasons and done more racing – but he hasn’t, so it is irrelevant and he is where he is.
“If he gets beat people will say he hasn’t got enough experience, but if he doesn’t they will say he is a good horse.
“I know he is a good horse. I’m not saying he should be favourite, but I think he has got a chance.”