Wishfull Thinking is set to make his seasonal reappearance under top-weight in the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Saturday.
The talented 10-year-old endured a decent season last time around, winning the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham and the Game Spirit at Newbury, as well as finishing a distant third behind the brilliant Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
He signed off the campaign with third in the Celebration Chase at Sandown and will step back up to two and a half miles on Merseyside this weekend, where he will have to concede weight all round.
Trainer Philip Hobbs said: "He is very likely to run. He's got top weight, but at least that means he's the best horse in the race. He's in good form."
Trainer Alan King has yet to decide whether the admirable Walkon will make his return to action in the Grade Two limited handicap.
The dashing grey was runner-up in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Paul Stewart Ironspine Charity Challenge Cup at Cheltenham last season and was also second over the Grand National fences in Aintree's Topham Chase.
King said: "I'm not sure if he'll run or not yet. I've just given him the entry to have a look.
"We'll have to decide whether to run here or go straight to the Paddy Power."
Wishfull Thinking and Walkon feature among 12 Old Roan entries, with Oiseau De Nuit, Edgardo Sol and Conquisto also in the mix.