RSA favourite set for Cheltenham Argento trial on Saturday

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With exactly seven weeks until the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle kicks off the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, festival trials are taking place up and down the country.

Big Bucks is the banker of the Cheltenham Festival according to the ante post Cheltenham betting – he is the only odds on (4/7 to win the World Hurdle) chance – but Time For Rupert continues to garner support in the RSA Chase market and could rival Big Bucks as many people’s banker.

A £25 ante post double on Big Bucks and Time For Rupert wining at the Cheltenham Festival would return £137.50, and new customers should take advantage of a free Cheltenham bet worth £25 by signing up here.

Time For Rupert is a 5/2 chance in the ante post RSA Chase betting market and his nearest rivals are Mikael D’Haguenet and Quel Esprit who are both 12/1 in the betting.

The Paul Webber-trained novice chaser will head the betting for the Argento Chase at Cheltenham’s trials day on Saturday, and should he justify his favouritism in a strong field, Time For Rupert would become a leading fancy for the Cheltenham Festival.

Time For Rupert is a Cheltenham specialist and has two wins in two starts over the fences at Prestbury Park, and one win and two places – including behind Big Bucks in the 2010 World Hurdle – over hurdles.

On Saturday he will face tackle some of the more experienced chasers in National Hunt racing and it will be no easy task beating the likes of Punchestowns, Tidal Bay, Neptune Collonges and Taranis.

But as the old adage goes, if you are good enough you are old enough and Time For Rupert can enhance his claims as a future Cheltenham Gold Cup winner with victory on Saturday.

A £25 stake on Time For Rupert winning the RSA Chase would return £87.50. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.