Time For Rupert stars as Webber prepares his Cheltenham act


Time For Rupert may be the red-hot favourite in the RSA Chase betting market at the Cheltenham Festival, but trainer Paul Webber believes he has a few outsiders who could upset the Cheltenham Festival odds.

Many people’s Cheltenham Festival banker – a Racing Post poll sees 40 per cent of the readers pick Time For Rupert to win the RSA Chase – the Paul Webber seven-year-old certainly poses an intriguing question for favourite backers.

At 9/4 to win the RSA Chase, Time For Rupert’s closest rival in the RSA betting is Aiteen Thirtythree at 7/1 and the Paul Webber-trained star will prove a tough horse to beat.

But In a race which could potentially provide plenty of value if you are prepared to take on the favourite, 29 of the 32 horses in the ante-post RSA Chase betting are 10/1 of bigger.

However Webber believes that there is plenty of value in backing Edgbriar for the Byrne Group Plate and Alasi for the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle.

The Byrne Group Plate is a really competitive betting market and Edgbriar is handily weighted at 10st 11lb, ticks plenty of boxes in terms of trends and is temptingly priced at 20/1.

The French-bred horse would be the seventh French-bred winner in the last 12 runnings, while 17 of the last 19 runners finished in the first four last time out and Edgbriar finished third at Sandown in February.

Alasi faces a stiffer task trying to end 4/5 favourite Quevega’s domination of the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle, but at 33/1 to win, the Webber-trained mare offers plenty of each way value.

Alasi finished 8th in the race last year but has finished 2, 5, 3 and 2 in her four races since and is a viable alternative to punters not wishing to risk their stake on an odds-on favourite.

A £25 stake on Edgbriar winning the Byrne Group Plate would return £525. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



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.