Having bumped into an awesome Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek, Sanctuaire could aim to get back on the winning trail in the williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on 27 December.
The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old was expected to give Sprinter Sacre his biggest test to date over fences at Sandown earlier this month, but having set a scorching gallop, he was easily picked off by Nicky Henderson's stable star and eventually finished third.
Nicholls feels his charge may be a better horse in the spring, but could let him line up at Kempton if conditions are in his favour.
"He obviously got murdered by Sprinter Sacre the other day at Sandown. He's a funny horse and I was looking at his record the other day and he's always been a bit better horse in the spring," Nicholls told Betfair.
"I wouldn't be surprised if his form improved a little bit in the spring and with his style of running a couple of runs might get him fitter.
"I'm going to look at the Desert Orchid with him, have a look what's in it and look at the ground. If the ground is decent we could run him, but I don't want to bottom him on really desperate ground again."