Time For Rupert looks like being one of the most exciting novice chasers of the season and connections are hoping he continues his good form at the Cheltenham International Meeting next weekend. He was a top class hurdler last season as he proved when second to Big Buck's at the Cheltenham Festival and he took to hurdles with ease recently when he made his debut. He comfortably won the Steel Plate and Sections Novices Chase over 2 miles 5 furlongs, he jumped with style that day and he was immediately installed as the ante post favourite for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He will now head to the International Meeting to step up his preparations and trainer Paul Webber is expecting another big run from his stable star.
There are two options for Time For Rupert at the International Meeting with 2 mile 5 furlong Injured Jockey Oaksey House Novices Chase, or the 3 mile 1 furlong DRS Contracts Novice Chase under consideration. It is likely that if possible he will take in the extra trip at the international Meeting, we know that he gets 3 miles from his World Hurdle days and a good run and win there will only go to further his RSA Chase claims in what is already looking like a hot renewal. Willie Mullins looks to have an ideal RSA Chase type in Quel Esprit and that is reflected in the latest betting for the race, he won in some style at Limerick on his debut over fences and he is another one to watch as we work our way towards the Cheltenham Festival. Aiteen Thirtythree is another one who has thrown his name into the RSA Chase frame for Paul Nicholls; he won a nice race at Newbury recently and could also be a major threat to current favourite Time For Rupert.