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Webber calls time on a Lexus bid for Rupert.

PAUL WEBBER said yesterday he would resist overtures from Leopardstown to supplement Time For Rupert for the Lexus Chase at on December 28 and remained with his original plan to run in Cheltenham's Argento Chase next month, writes Rodney Masters.

After a couple of below-par performances, Time For Rupert returned to form when making all at Newbury on Wednesday.

Webber said yesterday: "He has come out of that race in excellent shape. I heard from Leopardstown this morning and the Lexus would have certainly been part of the schedule if he'd performed better at Haydock in the Betfair Chase, but having now run at Newbury the timing is not ideal for Leopardstown. We'll therefore stick to our plan for the Argento on January 28."

Gigginstown House Stud look set to be doubly represented in the Lexus. With Quito De La Roque already confirmed, trainer Dessie Hughes yesterday reported RSA Chase fourth Magnanimity on track for the Grade 1, for which he is a best price 14-1 with Coral.

Hughes said: "He's well and is going to run in the Lexus Chase all being well."

Shot From The Hip, winner of the Grade 1 Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in May, will make his chasing debut at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, but it will not be in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase.

JP McManus' seven-year-old has not run since his nine-length Punchestown victory and is being prepared for a return to action and a switch to fences.

Trainer Edward O'Grady said: "He's in good form and the plan is to go for a beginners' chase at Leopardstown rather than the Grade 1."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2011
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