Many Clouds could be seen next at Haydock as Oliver Sherwood plans a route back to Aintree in April for his 2015 Grand National hero.
After his victory in a Listed event at Aintree at the beginning of December, Lambourn trainer Sherwood had been tempted by the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas but opted not to travel across the Irish Sea.
He said: “He was not 100 per cent before Ireland and I’m glad I didn’t run, but he is fine now.
“He will possibly go to Haydock on January 21 for a limited handicap chase, but he will not run there if it is bottomless.
“If we don’t go there the next route is to take on Thistlecrack (Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on January 28). Not many will go there and we might go round and finish second.”
Sherwood was speaking after recording an across the country double this afternoon. The giant six year old Amberjam defied an absence of more than two years won land a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter, in the hands of Harrison Beswick.
Having been up with the pace throughout, Amberjam was headed by Fearless Tunes and appeared booked for second place, but fought back tenaciously from the last flight to gain a 1 ¾ lengths victory.
Meanwhile over at Newbury, Leighton Aspell excelled on Icing On The Cake, who rallied most gamely from the Elbow to beat Knockgraffon by ¾ of a length in his first novice chase, having shown promise as a point to pointer.