Philip Hobbs has scrapped any idea of running Captain Chris in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon after an unsatisfactory scope.
However, the Minehead trainer still hopes the seven-year-old will be able to take his chance in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Last season's Arkle Trophy and Ryanair Novice Chase winner looked unlucky on his reappearance when he unseated Richard Johnson at the final fence in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, when holding every chance.
"We were thinking of going for the Peterborough Chase next week, but his scope yesterday wasn't great, so we won't be doing that, hopefully he'll be all right for the King George," Hobbs told At The Races.
"Realistically it's like us having a minor cold, which is what he's got at the moment."
Meanwhile, Hobbs is praying for rain to allow him to run Fingal Bay in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Sandown on Friday.
The five-year-old would take an 100% record to the Esher track, having impressed in winning his bumper last season and both Grade Two hurdles this term.
However, the Minehead trainer wants to see some cut in the ground to persuade him to let Fingal Bay take his chance.
"He's in very good form, but we will need some rain to have soft in the going description in it somewhere, that's the only thing," Hobbs told At The Races.
"I would imagine I'd run him on good to soft, soft in places, but I'd rather it were softer than that."
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