Day two at the Cheltenham Festival 2011 and one of the two big races of the day is the RSA Chase at 14.40. Time For Rupert is the front runner with the bookmakers but with only two favourites taking the glory on Day 1, yesterday, is Time For Rupert the shoe-in that everybody would have us believe?
The Paul Webber trained seven-year-old is tipped to win today at odds of about 5/2 and there's a good reason. He absolutely LOVES Cheltenham. His last five outings have all been there and resulted in three wins and two seconds, all under Will Kennedy who will be riding him again today.
However, he is going to be pushed to his limit by Aiteen Thirtythree, the Paul Nicholls trained, Irish seven-year-old who has an impeccable record of seven places from seven races – four wins, two seconds and a third and with odds of 7/1 he's just about a good price for an each-way and many will say he could even win it today.
But after yesterday's incredible three from three for Ruby Walsh would you really bet against him today? He rides Mikael Dhaguenet and can still be gotten for 8/1. He's also a Willie Mullins horse so expect plenty of Irish bets which may shorten his odds!