Rubi Light is likely to be given a second crack at three miles in the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown next month.
Robbie Hennessy's stable star may only have finished fifth in the Ryanair Chase over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham, but his first effort over the longer trip was given the ultimate boost there last week.
Rubi Light finished second on his first crack at three miles, with subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Synchronised beating him by eight and a half lengths in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
"He's grand, not a bother on him. They probably just went half a stride too quick for him down the back," said the Meath-based Hennessy.
"He was never in his comfort zone, but it was Cheltenham and probably one of the most competitive races of the week. There was no hiding place.
"In fairness to Cheltenham, they put plenty of water on but the softer the better for him.
"He's been out in the paddock every day since he came back. He'll probably have a week off in total and we'll see what the weather does to Punchestown.
"He'll have to go for the three-mile chase. There isn't a two-and-a-half-mile race and Synchronised boosted the Lexus form.
"After the Lexus they said Synchronised was only a handicapper, but he must be a fair one now!
"Rubi Light was bang there at the last that day. He was a well-beaten second but it was his first time over three miles and he's still only a young horse."