Time For Rupert Saturday Ascot flop explained by bad scope
Last Updated: 22/12/13 11:34am
Time For Rupert: Below-par run explained
Time For Rupert returned a bad scope following his disappointing comeback run in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
Having nursed his stable star back to full health after the removal of a growth close to his brain, trainer Paul Webber was initially disappointed with how quickly the nine-year-old faded to finish a well-beaten last of four finishers.
It appears there was a viable excuse, however, with Time For Rupert set to return to chasing on his next start.
Webber said: "Rupert is absolutely fine. We were disappointed as all the pre-race tests we did came up clear, but we scoped him after the race and there was some mucus there.
"He has obviously picked something up at the last minute, which can happen from time to time.
"It happened with Long Run earlier in the season and it's something us trainers have to battle with. I think it explains why he stopped a bit sooner than he should have done. He was fitter than that.
"Hopefully, you'll see a better performance in either the Argento Chase at Cheltenham (January 25) or the three-mile chase at Doncaster on the same day (Sky Bet Chase). After that, we'll see if we can persuade the owners to have a look at the Grand National."