Philip Reynolds admits that Presenting Percy could yet go to Cheltenham without having run a single race over fences since winning last year's RSA Chase.
The Gold Cup favourite returned with a comfortable victory in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park in late January and was expected to follow that up with a run in the Red Mills Chase at the same venue last weekend.
Trainer Pat Kelly appeared to have second thoughts over the going at the Kilkenny venue, however, and that leaves Sunday's Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse as the last realistic prospect of a run over fences before the big one on 15 March.
"Knowing how disappointed people were not to see him last weekend, I'm reluctant to say we're going to Fairyhouse, other than to say 'as we're here and it's raining, it all helps'," Reynolds told RTÉ Sport.
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"I think we'll be a lot clearer tomorrow whether we do or we don't. If we do, the only reason we will be going is because Pat will feel a little bit more match practice put the finishing touches to him."
Reynolds, who described the horse as "one in a lifetime" said that he would be happy with whatever decision Kelly made.
"It'll be Pat's decision and whatever decision he makes he will have my support 100%. I'm glad he's the one who's going to be making it.
"If you ask me, if he goes at the weekend, I'll not sleep from the time Pat tells me he's going until the time the race is over. And another part of me is saying if we really want to bring him there with the best chance possible, then maybe getting his eye in over 3m 1f in Fairyhouse might be the place to go.
"But having got within three weeks of a shot at a Gold Cup, and nothing, touch wood, gone wrong so far, I'd be shooting myself if something went wrong in Fairyhouse at the weekend.
"He has run in some tough races. He's grown up as a horse and I'd be plenty happy to take him to Cheltenham the way he is."