It's Time For Rupert to shine
Anita Chambers provides a selection for every race on Sunday and fancies Time For Rupert at Ascot.
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ASCOT: 2.00 Gassin Golf, 2.30 Farmer Matt, 3.00 Aalim, 3.30 Ahyaknowyerself, 4.10 Time For Rupert, 4.45 Billy Twyford, 5.15 Made In Time.
DONCASTER: 1.40 Compton Park, 2.15 Hillbilly Boy, 2.45 Ravenous, 3.20 Sir Reginald, 3.55 CONDUCT (NAP), 4.30 Field Of Fame, 5.00 Mica Mika, 5.30 Arthurs Secret.
LEOPARDSTOWN: 2.10 Ruby Tuesday, 2.40 Fascinating Rock, 3.10 Ebanoran, 3.45 Balansiya, 4.20 Indian Landing, 4.55 Indian Icon, 5.25 Glam Gerry.
LIMERICK: 2.20 Detank, 2.50 Sir Harry Cash, 3.25 Captainofthefleet, 4.00 Davinia's Tip, 4.35 Domination, 5.05 Muzak, 5.35 After Aspen.
DOUBLE: Conduct and Time For Rupert.
Conduct can set himself up for some bigger targets this season with victory in the William Hill No 1 Downloaded Betting App Doncaster Shield at the South Yorkshire venue.
It is not often you can say a seven-year-old is thoroughly unexposed, but that comment certainly applies to William Haggas' charge as his physical frailties have limited him to just six career starts.
That said, when he does make it to the track, Conduct is clearly a classy animal - as evidenced by his wide-margin success in the November Handicap at this track last autumn.
Switched up to a mile and a half, Conduct was putting in much his best work at the end and easily accounted for Rio's Rosanna by five lengths without really having to hit top gear.
That was his first success since September 2010 but should have sent his confidence sky high.
As long as he stays sound, Conduct appeals as a runner likely to make his mark at Listed level or higher.
Sir Reginald was the winner of a decent event over seven furlongs at this track last September but he can hit the target over six in the William Hill Bet On The Move Handicap.
He turned out on the all-weather in January and while his third place behind Apostle was not too bad, he is a horse that has shown much his better form on turf.
Richard Fahey has campaigned him largely over seven furlongs of late but his close-up sixth in the ultra-competitive Ayr Silver Cup last September shows he still retains the necessary dash for a sprint trip.
Ascot round off its jumps campaign with a really decent card and popular stalwart Time For Rupert can prove the star of the show in the Iron Stand Veterans' Handicap Chase.
Paul Webber's charge underwent life-saving surgery last summer and it is a credit to the team that he has even made it back to the track.
Unsurprisingly, he has not quite seemed the force of old this term, although he was hardly disgraced in finishing eighth in the Sky Bet Chase in January.
His subsequent second to Tranquil Sea in a Doncaster veterans' event offered glimmers of promise and it is best to just forget his run in a Grade Three at the Cheltenham Festival as he was hampered in what looked a tough ask in any case.
This three-mile event against runners who are also in their twilight years appears eminently winnable, though, as Time For Rupert remains on a mark of 138.
Ahyaknowyerself must rank as a leading contender in the Ascot Novices' Handicap Chase following an excellent fourth at the Festival.
He was beaten just four lengths by Present View in the Listed novices' chase, undoubtedly posting a career best as he stayed on at the finish for minor honours.
The eight-year-old had previously struck gold at Leicester for Dr Richard Newland and seemed to thrive at Prestbury Park.
Ahyaknowyerself is clearly still on an upward curve over fences and is taken to continue his progression here.
Gassin Golf hit the bar in the Imperial Cup but can finally notch a first win over obstacles in the Colts & Fillies Club Maiden Hurdle.
The five-year-old was beaten just a length by Baltimore Rock at Sandown, his fifth placing in eight starts over hurdles.
Trainer Richard Lee has mentioned a trip to Punchestown as a possible plan and a win here would boost the confidence of Gassin Golf before such a big assignment.