Adrian McGuinness is preparing his smart chaser Beau Michael for a spring campaign after giving the horse a rest following an arduous spell of racing for most of the year.
The festivals at Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchestown are among the meetings being touted for the seven-year-old, who was last in action at Cork at the end of October.
"He probably won't go to Cheltenham. We may just wait for Aintree and Punchestown," said the County Dublin trainer.
"He's had a long break and now we want to try him in a Grade One, so we may go for the Powers Gold Cup (at Fairyhouse).
"He warrants his place in one as he's won a Grade Two and a Grade Three. He was very consistent all the way through last winter and carried on into the spring and summer.
"He'll be back in the spring this year. He might go to Naas at the end of February and maybe go to Aintree, but he'll definitely bypass Cheltenham.
"We went for the Triumph with him and he had a bad experience, so I can't see the owners wanting to go back there with him."