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14:40 Cheltenham – It is time for Rupert to live up to hype

| 16.03.2011

Time For Rupert may be the obvious pick to win the RSA Chase, but there is no denying that the horse will be substantially difficult to beat if he replicates the form he has previously shown in his two starts over fences.

It is 2/1 in the Cheltenham betting that Time For Rupert wins the RSA Chase and this may seem like skinny odds based on the fact that he has to beat 11 rivals in the three-mile contest.

However, Time For Rupert has not put a foot wrong over the larger obstacles on two starts and even more notable is that both of these starts came at Cheltenham, which includes a win over subsequent Grade Two winner Hell’s Bay.

Stamina should be no issue as he proved at last year’s Festival when chasing home Big Buck’s in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, while there is every chance that he will simply jump his fellow novice’s into the ground.

The only cloud hanging over him is that Time For Rupert has not run since December, but there is no reason to doubt that trainer Paul Webber will not have him ready for Cheltenham.

Because of the short price of the favourite, the RSA Chase also offers numerous horses which represent good each-way value.

Wymott arguably offers better value than many at 10/1 in the Cheltenham betting and is unbeaten in three starts over fences.

He could be particularly dangerous if there is some cut in the ground.

Aiteen Thirtythree must be respected from the Paul Nicholls yard at 7/1 and has taken to fences very quickly, showing suitable class with two victories.

However, it still has to be proved if he has the necessary speed to be a factor in this company.

A £20 stake on Wymott winning the RSA Chase would return £200. New customers can sign up here for a free £60 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.