Seeyouatmidnight on Scottish National beat
Seeyouatmidnight did not appear in the Timico Gold Cup entries on Wednesday but trainer Sandy Thompson has a big spring target for the nine-year-old, who was pulled up in the Betfair Chase.
"He comes back into work next week," said Thompson. "The Coral Scottish Grand National [on 22 April] will be his aim and it is more difficult to find an opportunity to blow away the cobwebs in a race before that.
"We decided against Cheltenham although we are not too concerned about the injury – it was a just a strain behind – but it will be March before he is ready to run and we didn't want to start at Cheltenham."
Seeyouatmidnight was third in last year's Scottish National in his novice season, in which he beat his subsequent RSA Chase conqueror Blaklion in the Grade 2 Dipper Chase on the first day of 2016.
Old Roan Chase winner Third Intention is being aimed at the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. The ten-year-old has been well beaten on softer ground in another Grade 2 chase at Ascot and the cross-country chase at Cheltenham last time since his Aintree success in October.
Trainer Colin Tizzard, targeting another big Saturday runner in the Listed chase on January 28, said: "When he won the Old Roan it was a flat left-handed track which he likes.
"The Sky Bet is half a mile farther but on good ground he gets three miles and Doncaster is notable for having good ground as well as being flat and left-handed so he will probably wait for that."