Lake View Lad is unlikely to run again before the Randox Health Grand National after being held up with a slight setback.
Trainer Nick Alexander had to ease down the 10-year-old’s work because of a sinus problem.
It should not affect Lake View Lad’s preparation for the Aintree showpiece – in which he was pulled up four fences from home last year, after being hampered when towards the rear of the field.
Alexander said: “He’s fine, but he had a small sinus issue – he he’d have probably run in the Premier Chase at Kelso on Saturday if it hadn’t been for that, which is a bit annoying.
“He’s in at Cheltenham (in the Ultima Handicap Chase), but I think we’ll go straight to Aintree with him.”
The grey, owned by Trevor Hemmings, has already resumed his big-race preparations.
“It should clear up very quickly,” added Alexander.
“He’s back in work, anyway. It was just a small hold-up.
“We might take him away for a gallop at some point. He ran a month ago at Kelso over hurdles, so I’m quite happy with that.”