Reigning Gold Cup hero Native River is to head straight to Cheltenham in defence of his crown.
Trainer Colin Tizzard had intended to run the nine year-old in the Denman Chase, a race he had won the two previous years, but has ruled that out, after the race was re-routed to Ascot.
Tizzard said: “We won’t run Native River at Ascot on Saturday. He looked awkward at Kempton going right-handed and we have now taken him there twice.
“He has won over fences going right-handed, but that was a four-runner race at Exeter and that is a big, galloping track.
“He is fit and ready to go. It is only a month away from the Gold Cup and we are getting to close to it.
“He definitely jumps better left-handed and we want him in the best shape for the Gold Cup.”
He added: “We will give him a racecourse gallop at Wincanton or Larkhill. We have got plenty of places to go and we will do that away day next week, I imagine.
“We might do it twice, but not necessarily have a flat-out gallop.
“Last season he only had one run before the Gold Cup and this season he has had two, so we are on par.”