Gordon Elliott has ruled out Don Cossack returning to Kempton for a crack at the King George VI Chase on St Stephen's Day.
The Gold Cup winner fell at the second-last fence when about to challenge Cue Card and Vautour in this season's Christmas cracker, but showed himself to be top drawer when winning the jumping highlight at Prestbury Park on 18 March.
However, Elliott does not want to try to put the record straight as the course at Kempton does not play to Don Cossack's strengths.
"He definitely won't go for the King George. Obviously he had to travel and the track is a bit sharp for him round there I suppose," the County Meath trainer told At The Races.
"I haven't spoken to Michael or Eddie (O'Leary, connections), but if I had my way we'd go back to Punchestown again for the Grade Three he's won for the last two years.
"Then maybe go to Down Royal (for the JNwine.com Champion Chase) and from there have one run in between that and the Gold Cup."
Don Cossack is set to renew rivalry with Cue Card and possibly Vautour in the Punchestown Gold Cup on 27 April.