Triple Grade One winner Unowhatimeanharry will not attempt to win back-to-back renewals of the galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on January 27.
The Harry Fry-trained 10-year-old could instead head straight to the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Unowhatimeanharry made a winning return to action at Aintree in November but has been beaten in two subsequent starts, most recently when third behind Sam Spinner in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last month.
Fry told Press Association Sport: “There are no immediate plans, albeit he is going to skip the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.
“There were no excuses at Ascot. He was not good enough on the day and he was just beaten by the younger, progressive horse.
“He is now 10 and he is going to be vulnerable to progressive horses. He has still got plenty of life in him and we are looking forward to seeing him back to his very best.
“We will use the time between now and March to hopefully get him 100 per cent.”