Colin Tizzard was hugely impressed with the way Fiddlerontheroof ran at Newbury on Saturday and has eyed up the King George VI Chase at Kempton for his next run.
The seven-year-old arrived at the Newbury race on the back of winning a Listed contest at Carlisle, his first competitive run for over six months.
He ran a valiant race in the Grade Three Ladbrokes Chase contest and was narrowly beaten by Cloudy Glen.
Half a length was the gap between first and second and Fiddlerontheroof's progress was somewhat halted late on after Remastered fell at the top of the straight.
That slowed down the son of Stowaway and ultimately could have cost him victory but nevertheless, Tizzard was very encouraged by how he ran.
He said: "It was a great run. He just got a tiny bit balked by the Remastered fall four out and that perhaps stopped his momentum. He'd have landed right on the tail of them.
"The winner beat him fair and square but he's run a blinder. I'm chuffed, even if it's frustrating to get beat in a huge race.
"It still puts him shy of a Gold Cup contender but he's going the right way and it'll be interesting to see what the handicapper thinks of his performance."
Next up for Fiddlerontheroof is likely to be a tilt in the King George Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
It would be his third attempt at Grade One level and he has shown some decent potential in his two previous top class outings.
Firstly, he came second behind Monkfish in the Novices' Chase at Cheltenham Festival before coming third in the Novices' Chase at Aintree, 58 lengths adrift of Chantry House.
Connections will assess whether he is in exactly the right condition before heading off to the Boxing Day race, with Tizzard also keeping an eye on the spring festival schedule.
The Dorset-based handler added: "He's got a King George entry but that's only four weeks away so we'll see how he comes out of it — he had a fair old race.
"We'll have a chat with the owners, we'll take stock and make a plan. We'll play it right with the spring festivals in mind."
Lostintranslation — stablemate to Fiddlerontheroof — is also in contention for the King George with two-time winner Clan Des Obeaux the current bookies' favourite.