Rock On Ruby will have his novice chasing career put on hold for another year, it has been announced.
The 2012 Champion Hurdle winner relinquished his crown to Hurricane Fly in March but lost little in defeat.
Connections thought long and hard about whether to send him chasing, but trainer Harry Fry said Rock On Ruby will remain over hurdles and will begin his season at Kempton in October.
A statement posted on the Dorset handler's website, www.harryfryracing.com, read: "The 2012 champion hurdler, who finished runner-up to Hurricane Fly in the defence of his crown last season, will be aimed at the two-mile Listed Hurdle at Kempton on Sunday, 20 October for his seasonal reappearance."
Fry has, however, been dealt a bit of a blow before the season starts with the news the promising Oscar Rock, King Of The Night and Urban Hymn will join Malcolm Jefferson to be nearer their owners in the north.
He said: "It is obviously hugely disappointing to see any horse leave the yard, but in particular horses of this calibre.
"I met with Mr and Mrs Calder (owners) last week where they explained that they are undergoing lifestyle changes and will be focusing all their attention on having their horses trained closer to home in the north."