This weekend sees the Tingle Creek Chase added to the Cheltenham International Meeting following its abandonment at Sandown, it is one of the premier grade 1 races of the season and will give us vital clues looking ahead to the Festival. The race will see Master Minded once again put his Champion Chase claims on the line as he bids to win the Tingle Creek for a second time; he looked backed to his best last month when winning at Ascot and all eyes will be on him once again here. The Dual Champion Chase winner has sometimes struggled to string two good runs together, but another emphatic win would put those doubts to rest ahead of his bid to win the Queen Mother for the third time in four years in 2011. With that in mind it is no surprise to see Master Minded as the warm favourite to win the Tingle Creek on Saturday, however if he is not on his best form there are one or two in the field who have the class to take advantage.
Twist Magic is a stable mate of Master Minded down in Ditcheat and he loves it at Cheltenham, he has won the Tingle Creek twice in his career and while he may have to find a bit to beat Master Minded he should not be ignored. Paul Nicholls was delighted with Twist Magic recently at Exeter when he ran a gallant second off of top weight in the Haldon Gold Cup. That was near to a career best performance and saw him once again towards the top of the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting market, and another decent run in the Tingle Creek will see his price nibbled at further. Perhaps the most interesting Tingle Creek runner at Cheltenham is the fast improving Gauvain, who won the Sinbad Testimonial at the Open Meeting last month. The Nick Williams horse is also being aimed at the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival following that win but this will be his toughest test yet as he goes in against the likes of Twist Magic and Master Minded.