Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: No Twist in Magical Tale; RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: No Twist in Magical Tale; RACING PREVIEW

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ALTHOUGH not the most original selection, TwistMagic is virtually unopposable in tomorrow's Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot (1.45).

Paul Nicholls' Champion Chase favourite stands head and shoulders above his rivals after a hugely impressive success in the Tingle Creek Trophy before Christmas.

The six-year-old firmly put reigning two-mile champion Voy Por Ustedes in his place at Sandown, breezing home by three lengths after a fine display of fencing.

Tidal Bay puts his unbeaten record on the line as he drops back to two miles and a furlong in the Montpelier Group Lightning Novices' Chase (2.20.

Howard Johnson's charge is doubtless a class act over fences, as his three wins this term show, and at his best he will be hard to beat.

One horsewhowill relish the easy ground is One Gulp in the Oilexco Mares Only Hurdle (2.55).

A winner of both her starts over hurdles, Paul Webber pitches his five-year-old in at the deep end but she could go well at a nice price.

Haydock also have a quality card on offer with Afsoun set for back-to-back victories in the Champion Hurdle Trial (1.25).

Last year's Champion Hurdle third has not been at his best so far this term but it would be no surprise if he bounced back to formin what looks a weak renewal of this Grade Two race.

Leading Authority sneaks into the Peter Marsh Chase (2.0) on a handy mark and he can make the most of his light weight in what is sure to be a gruelling heat.

Sobers is the pick in the J.W.Lees Novices' Chase (2.30), while mud-lover Tatenen can defy his tender years with victory in the Anglo Irish Bank Novices' Hurdle (12.55).

On a busy day, there is plenty for Flat fans to look forward to at Lingfield.

Troubadour makes plenty of appeal in the Handicap (3.35) after finishing fourth on his first start of the year. …

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