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It Takes Time likely to remain over hurdles this weekend.

Byline: Lee Mottershead

THE connections of It Takes Time, one of the season's potential star novice chasers, are unlikely to resist the lure of a pounds 50,000 hurdle race at Cheltenham on Saturday, writes Lee Mottershead.

Third to Baracouda at the Festival before beating Sudden Shock and Brother Joe at Sandown, It Takes Time is entered over fences at Prestbury Park on Friday but is expected to wait a day for the 31/4-mile Tote Bookmakers' Handicap Hurdle.

David Johnson, owner of the Martin Pipe-trained gelding, said: "He's in both races but the hurdle race is more likely - it's a pounds 50,000 race and Brother Joe franked his form at Wetherby."

Johnson expects to be strongly represented over the three-day Open meeting, with Golden Alpha a possible runner in Friday's Countryside Raceday Handicap

Chase.

The novice, also being considered for the Thomas Pink Gold Cup and a Grade 2 novice chase on Sunday, is unbeaten in four starts over fences.

Johnson said: "He'll definitely run over the three days but whether he's in the weights would be pretty crucial in deciding if he runs on Friday."

Of the two horses who could keep Golden Alpha out of the two-mile handicap, Lady Cricket is also owned by Johnson, while Cenkos is expected to go straight to the Tingle Creek Chase.

Pipe, who has also put Seebald in the Countryside Raceday Chase, has entered his Smurfit Champion Hurdle plunge horse Puntal and the five-timer-seeking Dream

With Me in the Grade 2 Gerrard Novices' Hurdle. Both horses are additionally engaged in Sunday's Rehabilitation of Racehorses Handicap Hurdle.

Jonjo O'Neill has entered recent Cheltenham winner Mighty Montefalco plus high-class hurdlers Keen Leader and Joss Naylor in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase.

Last year's winner, Lucky Clover, is one of 25 entries in the Sporting Index Cross Country Chase.

CHAMPION HURDLE

Ladbrokes: 10 Davenport Milenium, Hors La Loi, 12 Like-A-Butterfly, 12 Ned Kelly, 16 Galileo, Marble Arch, Puntal, Rooster Booster, Scottish Memories, 20 bar.

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It Takes Time: chasing debut has been put on hold for now
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2002
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