It's impossible to knock the form of TIME FOR RUPERT, who has taken to fences with great aplomb and looks a future star of the game. Paul Webber's charge, an excellent runner-up to Big Buck's in last year's World Hurdle, could hardly have been more impressive in beating Chicago Grey and subsequent Racing Post Chase winner Quinz in December and will take the world of beating. Wymott is highly regarded by Donald McCain and has plenty going for him, not least his defeat of Wayward Prince over hurdles at Haydock last February and, like that rival, arrives here unbeaten over fences. Aiteen Thirtythree has hacked round for his two chasing victories in minor company and could be anything but it's the Irish who may provide the main threat, particularly Mikael D'Haguenet, the 2009 Ballymore hero and the likely winner of a Grade 1 on his debut over fences at Fairyhouse in December when falling at the last, handing the race to Jessies Dream. The latter was conceding 7lb to Magnanimity when just touched off in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown and should have few problems reversing the form. Quel Esprit was in touch when falling in a Leopardstown Grade 1 last month, impeding stablemate Mikael D'Haguenet in the process, and is another fine prospect for Willie Mullins.
Aiteen Thirtythree (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Jumped well, made all, drew readily clear from 3 out, unchallenged, won at Newbury 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb beating Tarablaze (11-7) by 50l, 4 ran.
Bostons Angel (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved to dispute lead from before halfway, narrowly headed 5 out, disputed lead again from 3 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on well under pressure from last, led close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Feb beating Magnanimity (11-10) by hd, 6 ran.
Elysian Rock 9-1 (11-5) Prominent, led after 2nd until headed before 5th, jumped right throughout, dropped to 3rd at 9th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Magnanimity (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Jessies Dream (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd from 9th, not fluent 4 out, poised to challenge from 2 out, drifted right at last, found little under pressure run-in, kept on but not match winner, 2nd of 3, 3/4l behind Magnanimity (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Magnanimity (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Close up and disputed lead, led narrowly 5 out, joined 3 out, ridden next, kept on well under pressure, headed close home, 2nd of 6, hd behind Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Feb.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 6-5fav (11-4) Raced wide, tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 15th, soon upsides, led 3 out, clear from 2 out, easily, won at Ascot 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb beating Billie Magern (11-7) by 6l, 4 ran.
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 11-10fav (11-10) Held up in touch, keen early, progress into 4th from halfway, close up travelling well when left 3rd and hampered 2 out, ridden straight, no impression when not fluent last, no extra, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Feb.
Quel Esprit (FR) 2-1 (11-10) Soon disputed lead, close 3rd and ridden after 3 out, still close up when fell 2 out, in a race won by Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
The Giant Bolster 5-1 (11-12) Held up in last pair on inside, ridden 10th, steady headway 12th, badly outpaced and driven 4 out, stayed on to 3rd approaching 2 out, switched right soon after, upsides last, driven to lead flat, stayed on gamely, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) gs in Jan beating Vino Griego (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Time For Rupert (IRE) 10-11fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway to go 2nd 5 out, led before 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gs in Dec beating Chicago Grey (11-9) by 8l, 8 ran.
Wayward Prince 5-6fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, driven out, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) gs in Feb beating Cape Tribulation (11-4) by 2l, 5 ran.
Wymott (IRE) 8-13fav (11-8) Made virtually all, joined 8th, driven approaching 2 out, ridden and stayed on to go 6 lengths clear last, well in command flat, won at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Feb beating Bouggler (11-4) by 10l, 3 ran.