Tamarinblue enters Queen Mother calculations following his impressive victory in the Victor Chandler at Ascot in January. His racing tactics will ensure a strong gallop in the Queen Mother as he runs from the front and since the application of Blinkers jumps his fences like a stag. In the Victor Chandler he led all the way and when it looked like Twist Magic the Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite was going to take it up coming into the straight he could find nothing and Tamarinblue went away once more and that was that.
Paul Nicholls seemed totally unperturbed afterwards and Walsh still thinks he will win at Cheltenham so long as the ground rides decent. William Hill and Boylesports pushed him out to 9-4, and there will be plenty of takers at those odds, for he beat his main rival Voy Por Ustedes comprehensively in the Tingle Creek and only in unusually testing conditions would he be worth taking on.
William Hill cut Tamarinblue in the Queen Mother to just 5-1 from 20-1, but generally he is an 8/1 chance to win in March.