Time For Rupert: a return trip to Wetherby for the Charlie Hall looks likelyPICTURE: Getty
Charlie Hall favoured option for Rupert
THE bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby is the favoured of two Saturday options for Time For Rupert.
Trainer Paul Webber has also entered the eight-year-old in the United House Gold Cup at Ascot on the same afternoon but it is the trip north for the Grade 2 contest he finished second in last year which is appealing more at this stage.
Webber said: "Time For Rupert has been entered in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase and also at Ascot, so I think we will need to take a little bit of time to look at the entries and see what's what.
"I think Wetherby would be the preference, having run well around there before but it will be a day or two before we really know. We certainly intend to run him this weekend and he seems in very good form.
"He has done very well over the summer - he is a little bit stronger and heavier - and he has done plenty of work so we are looking forward to the weekend."
Sire De Grugy: Cheltenham date in the mix for recent Kempton winnerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
GARY MOORE is leaning towards a tilt at the Grade 2 Racing Post Arkle Trial at Cheltenham on November 18 with Sire De Grugy.
The Grade 2-winning hurdler made a successful transition to fences when scoring by six lengths at Kempton recently and Moore said the Cheltenham race is now in the mix for the six-year-old.
"The Racing Post Arkle Trial is a race we will be looking at for Sire De Grugy and it's been so far, so good, with him since his win at Kempton," Moore said. "He had a pretty easy week last week, but we will get back to work with him this week.
"He looked like he would learn plenty for the experience at Kempton and I hope there is plenty of improvement to come from him.
"A stronger run race and a race where you haven't got so many horses having their first run would suit because then we could ride him with a bit more restraint.
"The ground wasn't as quick as you would think at Kempton but the softer the ground, the better for him."