Former high-class novice hurdler Messire Des Obeaux is nearing a return to action, after two years on the sidelines, with Huntingdon in Alan King’s sights next month.

The Mansionbet Handicap Hurdle on February 9th could be a starting point for the 2016 Challow Hurdle winner, with a possible tilt at the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, to follow.

The eight year-old last ran when third behind Finian’s Oscar in the Grade One Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in 2017.

King told Press Association: “Messire Des Obeaux is entered in the Stayers’ Hurdle and if all goes well, the plan is to go for a two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at Huntingdon next month, then take it from there.

“He was worth keeping in training and he has not missed a day since coming back into training, but it has been two and a half years since he last ran, which is a long time.

“I’m not saying he will go to Cheltenham, but a horse like him was worth the entry.”