Connections of Terrefort are leaning towards stepping him up to the top table for the first time for a shot at the Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown on February 3.

The Grade One contest has been earmarked as the preferred option for the Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old, after he was given a 14lb hike in the weights following an impressive victory on his British debut at Huntingdon.

Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, said: “At the moment the thinking for Terrefort, if Nicky Henderson is happy that he is fresh enough for it, is to go for the Scilly Isles.”

He continued: “Handicaps are ruled out for the moment off a mark of 151. We will just see where he fits in with the better novice chasers and the race has been lucky for his owners, who have won it for the last three years.

“If Nicky didn’t think there was enough time then there is the Reynoldstown at Ascot on February 17. The Scilly Isles is the first port of call, though.”