Kauto Star looks set to make his final start of the season at the Punchestown Festival in May.
The 11-year-old was last seen in action when finishing third to Long Run and Denman in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The run showed that he was very much back to his best after a disappointing performance in the King George over Christmas.
Paul Nicholls’ former Gold Cup winner led a host of Cheltenham stars at Wincanton on Sunday, and the trainer later confirmed that the Guinness Gold Cup on 4 May was the next port of call for Clive Smith’s horse.
Nicholls told Racing UK: “He had a hard race and ran an absolute blinder really, it certainly put all those who said he should retired right, and he’s fresh and well. He ran a blinding race and the idea now is he goes to Punchestown. He’s not going to Aintree so it should be ideal for him”.