When Twist Magic refused to run at the Punchestown Festival last season many thought that we may never see the best of him again, but after a cracking run on his seasonal debut at Exeter he now looks to be a real Champion Chase challenger once again. The Paul Nicholls horse was the winner of the Tingle Creek and the Victor Chandler Chase last season but disappointed at the Festival when pulled up in the Champion Chase before that refusal in Ireland. Not much was expected of Twist Magic on Tuesday when he went in the Haldon Gold Cup as top weight, but he produced a fantastic weight carrying run to finish second when staying on to reignite his flagging career.
Twist Magic comfortably beat the very promising Somersby at Exeter and was only beaton on the line by Tchico Polos despite the winner carrying more than a stone less; it was near on a career best performance at the weights for Twist Magic and the bookmakers took note. He was slashed across the board for the 2011 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and if he improves for the run we should have a serious contender on our hands. The 2 mile Chase division is already looking a hot one this season with the likes of Big Zeb, Master Minded and Captain Cee Bee all set to be battling it out through the winter, but Twist Magic looks a worthy contender at this stage. We will see Twist Magic once again head back to defend his crowns in the Tingle Creek and at Ascot for the Victor Chandler Chase before another Champion Chase tilt, if he continues his upward curve in form then we could see Twist Magic as a live contender for the Queen Mother come the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.