Time For Rupert is on course for the Argento Chase at Cheltenham on January 29 after coming through his latest exercise in fine form.
The RSA Chase favourite has also been entered for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and his trainer, Paul Webber, admits he will find out a lot more about last year's World Hurdle runner-up when he runs against more experienced horses.
Webber's seven-year-old has won both his starts over fences in the style of a natural and is as low as 5-2 with some bookmakers for the novice event.
"He's on course for the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in which he'll meet more experienced chasers. That race should tell us a lot," said Webber.
Webber also revealed a plan for his smart hurdler Australia Day, who has been put away during the winter months due to his preference for good ground.
"We locked him away for the winter and the plan is to go to Ireland. The Punchestown Festival is later than usual, which gives us a better chance of getting his ground," he added.
"He'll be nice and fresh for their Champion Hurdle after possibly one run on the Flat or a couple of racecourse gallops."