TWIST MAGIC is attempting this trip for the first time on his 30th career start, 10 of which he has won. Never the easiest to catch right, he's having his first-ever start on this track but his quality can see him through and he looked as good as ever when landing the Tingle Creek a year ago. Tartak had Deep Purple seven lengths in arrears when successful in the Grade 2 Manifesto at Aintree in April last year but the positions were exactly reversed when the pair met in this race at Huntingdon in December. The former has the better of the weights and looks the alternative if Twist Magic has one of his non-going days. Ollie Magern is still useful but is approaching his teenage days and would need the principals to fail here.
Deep Purple 15-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place after 13th, hung left from 4 out, stayed on fom 2 out, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Nacarat (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Herecomesthetruth (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Narrow lead, just headed when ran out and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Tchico Polos (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Twist Magic (FR) 16-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, blundered 4 out, rallied to chase winner last, stayed on well, just held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Tchico Polos (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Master Medic (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, mistake 7th, under pressure 11th, soon behind, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Kauto Star (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec '09, 13 ran.
Ollie Magern 11-1 (11-4) Led, headed approaching 4 out, lost 2nd last, weakened flat, 4th of 8, 12l behind Nacarat (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Breedsbreeze (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 15th, ridden and no chance with winner after 2 out, 8 lenghts down when fell last, in a race won by Carruthers (11-0) at Ascot 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb '09, 4 ran.
Tartak (FR) 15-8fav (10-9) Tracked leaders in 5th, hit 5th and 9th, left 4th 4 out, went 3rd soon after, outpaced next, no chance with leading pair from 2 out, 3rd of 6, 29l behind Monet's Garden (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Oct.