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Time called on Rupert season

Time For Rupert will be put away for the season after he was found to have bled during the RSA Chase.

The seven-year-old was sent off favourite for the three-mile novice staying championship but put in a lacklustre display and could only finish fifth, beaten six lengths, without getting in a blow.

Trainer Paul Webber said: "He's very sound and there's no damage except for him having a bleed and quite a significant one which we feel happened quite early in the race because he just wasn't travelling like his usual self.

"We'll do a few more tests on him, get him better and forget Liverpool and rebuild for next year.

"We thought we'd have a quiet year with him last year over hurdles, but it looks as though this year will be the quiet one and we'll have another go next season."

@Press Association