Cue Card And Time For Rupert Advertise Festival Claims.

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Tagged under: 3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

The Colin Tizzard trained Cue Card continued his impressive climb up the hurdling ranks with a smooth victory in the Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices' Hurdle on the first day of the Open meeting, earning several quotes for the 2011 Festival.

A general 3/1 shot for the 2m Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the four-year-old is a top price 9/2 for the 5f further Neptune Novices' Hurdle with totesport, but as short as 11/4 with Victor Chandler.

On a more speculative note, most firms are now quoting the King's Theatre gelding for the 2011 Champion Hurdle, with Blue Square and Ladbrokes best at 20/1.

Regarding a possible tilt at the championship event, Tizzard snr. said : " We won't make any decision until after christmas."

Another lofty reputation was enhanced when top staying hurdler Time For Rupert made a successful chasing debut in the last race on the card.

Putting in a positive round of jumping Paul Webber's six-year-old had the beating of Mr Thriller when that rival fell at the second last.

The World Hurdle runner-up is now favourite for the RSA Chase at a general 8/1, with Mikael D'Haguenet next best in the market at 10/1.

The trainer of Time For Rupert is keen to get more experience into the horse, saying: " I think we'll just come back here as often as we can. The December meeting would be the next obvious target and the RSA Chase is the yellow brick road."

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