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  • 16:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • £15,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £9,393 2nd £2,775 3rd £1,388 4th £694
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good plcs)(Cross Country: Good, Good/Firm plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 52.52s
  • Off time: 16:05:58

Perfect start for Rupert

Last Updated: 12/11/10 5:00pm

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Time For Rupert: Impressive win at Cheltenham.

Time For Rupert: Impressive win at Cheltenham.

Time For Rupert made a winning start to his chasing career in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

Runner-up in last season's Ladbrokes World Hurdle, Paul Webber's charge was assured in his jumping and was chasing leader Mr Thriller going to the second last.

David Pipe's charge took an undeserving fall there having jumped well to that point and Will Kennedy drove the winner clear of the strong-travelling Hell's Bay up the hill.

Othermix raced up with the pace throughout before fading to finish third while Reve De Sivola ran as if needing the run in fourth having made a mistake at the top of the hill.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 7s (from 10s) for the RSA Chase.

Webber said: "I was half tempted to send him to Bangor, but the team at home said we should stick to our guns and get practice in round here.

"We've taken him to Towcester to school a couple of times, where he was foot perfect, and he jumped very well today.

"I think we'll just come back here as often as we can. The December meeting would be the next obvious target and the RSA Chase is the yellow brick road!"

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