Fruity O'Rooney is to be aimed at Aintree's Grand National meeting following another brave effort at Cheltenham.
Trainer Gary Moore is hoping the nine-year-old's turn will come in the John Smith's Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong at the Merseyside track on Grand National day, April 14.
Fruity O'Rooney failed by just a length to hold Alfie Sherrin in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase on the opening day of the Festival.
"He's had a bit of light exercise (on Friday) and seems fine. We'll wait for Liverpool now. He's going for the three-mile handicap chase there," said Moore.
"I'd like to think he'd win a big one and I thought it might be the other day - he never ceases to amaze me, this horse.
"He always tries so hard. If every horse had his heart this game would be a lot easier."