Connections are plotting the next move for Arkle Trophy Chase winner Edwardstone after his second behind Jonbon in Sunday’s Shloer Chase.
Although the nine-year-old was beaten nearly ten lengths by his younger rival, Edwardstone shaped with promise under Tom Cannon, jumping into second place at the third-last fence before lacking the speed to challenge Jonbon up the Cheltenham hill.
Edwardstone could defend his crown in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on 9 December, but would probably face a rematch with the Nicky Henderson-trained Jonbon. A possible alternative would be the Peterbourgh Chase at Huntingdon, which would be the gelding's first attempt over two-and-a-half miles.
"I thought it was a smashing run, and it was such a relief to see Edwardstone erase the memory of last March," said King on his website (www.alankingracing.co.uk).
"Cheltenham is still a mystery, but we can now look forward and it is a case of deciding whether to have a rematch with Jonbon when we defend our Tingle Creek crown on December 9 or wait 24 hours so we can step him up to two and a half miles for the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon."
Edwardstone is 6/1 for the Tingle Creek and remains widely available at 16/1 for the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.