Cheltenham clues were promised at Huntingdon, but mixed messages from the connections of Starluck left punters scratching their heads.
Tony McCoy, who took over from Timmy Murphy in the saddle, hinted that the championship event would come too soon and trainer Alan Fleming revealed an alternative plan.
"What we might do is go for a race at Sandown at the Imperial Cup meeting and then go to Aintree," he said
Starluck won yesterday by six lengths, and is now a general 12/1 chance for the Arkle.
"I said to Alan that I'm not sure it would be fair on him to go straight to the Arkle and we've got to do what's right for the horse," said McCoy.