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RACING: Webber weighs up options for Rupert
7:00am Tuesday 21st January 2014 in Sport
Banbury trainer Paul Webber will weigh up the potential opposition and ground conditions before deciding where to run Time For Rupert on Saturday.
The ten-year-old, who finished fourth on his return in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last month after more than a year off the track, is entered in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham and the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.
His possible rivals in the Grade 2 contest at Prestbury Park include the first three from the Hennessy Gold Cup – Triolo D’Alene, Rocky Creek and Theatre Guide plus Harry Topper.
Meanwhile, in the Listed handicap on Town Moor he could face the likes of Unioniste, Sam Winner and the hat-trick seeking Kruzhlinin.
Mollington handler Webber said: “The intention is to run Time For Rupert this weekend, but we are not sure which race he will go for yet as he is also entered at Doncaster.
“Obviously, one is a conditions race and one is a handicap, so we need to look at the entries and other factors such as the ground.
“He has been fine after his run at Ascot.
“I just wonder if he got a bit leg-weary after a 14-month absence in that desperate ground.
“His better performances have always come on spring ground, so we have got to work out what’s best.
“I hope he is as good as ever and Denis (O’Regan) thought the same when he rode him in a piece of work two weeks before Ascot, so we are hoping the ground was the main problem.”
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