Ben Pauling is confident Grade One-winning hurdler Barters Hill will make it back to the track next season.
The seven-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the campaign after sustaining a tendon injury on his first start over fences at Cheltenham in November.
Having successfully undergone surgery, the Bourton-on-the-Water handler has issued an upbeat report on the status of his stable star.
Pauling said: "Barters Hill has just started going back on the walker for 10 minutes twice a day. Everything is coming along nicely and it is all going the right way.
"I think he will get back on track next season. What level he will return we won't know until we start working him again in the autumn."