Jockey Barry Geraghty believes Hennessy winner Bobs Worth deserves to be the ante-post favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Last season's RSA Chase winner, trained by Nicky Henderson, turned in a virtuoso display when defeating Tidal Bay by three and a quarter lengths in Saturday's feature at Newbury.
Geraghty told At The Races: "The only concern I had was traffic and congestion (in a big field), but he took to it.
"He's a very easy ride. He just does as much as you ask him to do - nothing really flash - but every time you ask for a little bit of an effort, he delivers.
"He has the right profile (for the Gold Cup) - he's an RSA winner and is four from four at Cheltenham.
"There's every reason for Bobs Worth to be at the head of the market."
"He has the right profile (for the Gold Cup) - he's an RSA winner and is four from four at Cheltenham" - Barry Geraghty
Carruthers is under consideration for a cross-country campaign after he finished last in his quest to win consecutive renewals of the Hennessy Gold Cup.
The Mark Bradstock-trained nine-year-old found Newbury's feature race on Saturday too hot to handle and could now be freshened up for a new career.
Sara Bradstock, wife of the Oxon-based handler, said: "He's probably as well as he ever has been, but he's feeling mentally over-faced by where he is in the handicap.
"We won't run him in a good race again until we've got him back to where we want him.
"I think what we might try to do is see if he likes the cross-country races - it's another option for him.
"He doesn't want to go flat out in races like that (the Hennessy) any more, but he is very, very nimble and doesn't want to retire."
Frisco Depot was quietly fancied to do well in the Hennessy, but he was pulled up before the third fence from home.
Trainer Charlie Longsdon feels something may have been amiss.
"He's fine, but we was disappointing," said Longsdon.
"He stopped fairly quickly, so I'll probably get his wind checked before we think about making plans."
Trainer Paul Nicholls tweeted on Sunday morning that runner-up Tidal Bay returned unscathed from the Hennessy.
The revitalised 11-year-old is now in the frame to contest the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on 28 December, where he could renew rivalry with First Lieutenant.
Trainer Mouse Morris' decision to travel over from Ireland with the seven-year-old gelding was vindicated after he finished an honourable third.
"It was a pity the ground was tacky, but he ran a big race," said Tipperary-based Morris.
"He jumped super and was given a great ride - what more can you ask?
"I'll have to talk to Michael (O'Leary, owner), but we'll probably go for the Lexus."