Porticello will not be visible until February, after his grade one triumph in the Juvenile Hurdle Final at Chepstow.
The charge from Gary Moore, who is a top-notch 14-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, will miss Trials’ Day there on January 29th.
The Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle in Haydock is one of his options the following month.
“He came out very well from the Chepstow race. We just have to see what we do now. There are two or three options and you won’t see him at least until February,” said Moore.
“He’s not going to Cheltenham for Trials Day. Either he’s going to a race in Sandown or else he’s going to Victor Ludorum.
“He’s not going to Kempton for Adone. He might have it in his head over there. It’s a fast track and he wants two stiff miles rather than two easy miles.”
The Editor Du Gite, bearing the colors of 2014 winner Sire De Grugy, has been admitted to the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in Cheltenham.
Moore will run the Editor Du Gite in the Game Spirit Chase in Newbury next month to see if he’s a real contender for the two-mile championship.
The eight-year-old, owned by Preston Family and Friends, has to take a step forward after winning two handicaps at Cheltenham in his latest outings.
“We had to sign up because if you’re not there you can’t win it. It’s very ambitious, I know that but the signups closed on Tuesday so we had to sign in,” said the West Sussex Manager.
“He’s off the handicap now, so what do we do? He’ll be racing in the spirit of the game at Newbury, so hopefully if he runs well there we’ll decide if he’s good enough to go to Cheltenham or save him for Liverpool.
“They are the owners of Sire De Grugy so you don’t know what could happen with them!”