National still plan for Pady
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Tom Cooper-trained 11-year-old finished last of five runners in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase, having previously ended a long losing streak at Thurles in November.
Cooper was deflated by the manner of that reverse at Leopardstown, but his focus remains fixed upon the National at Aintree in April.
"He's 100% after Leopardstown, but I was disappointed with him," said the County Kerry handler.
"At least he stayed on to the line after making a bad mistake at the second-last - that was pleasing.
"Without a doubt we'll still be looking to Liverpool.
"He's a very good jumper - he's never fell in his life - so that's a big reason why I think he'll go well in the National.
"He's not easy to place these days, so he'll probably have a couple of runs over hurdles beforehand."
The Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is a potential long-term target for China Rock following his pleasing return to action in the Lexus Chase.