Nicholls seeking another Master class display
Paul Nicholls wants Master Minded to show he can still consistently produce top-class performances by claiming today’s Keith Prowse Hospitality Tingle Creek Chase.
The seven-year-old was an unstoppable force in his first couple of seasons in Britain, twice winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase and becoming the highest-rated National Hunt horse in training in the process.
His last campaign did not go so well as he suffered a broken rib when beaten on his comeback, before putting that behind him with a scintillating display at Newbury. But he was then back at square one in the Champion Chase as he could only finish a disappointing fourth. He once again looked back to his brilliant best on his recent return to action at Ascot, and Nicholls now hopes to see him produce a similar performance at Cheltenham. “I'm very happy with him and we've had no problems since Ascot,” said the champion trainer. “Hopefully he'll be hard to beat and it would be nice to see him put two races together.”
Nicholls has also declared dual Tingle Creek winner Twist Magic, but he takes his chance in Sunday's totesport.com Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon instead.
Kalahari King was not in the line-up at Sandown last weekend but the switch to Cheltenham has prompted trainer Ferdy Murphy to let him take his chance.“The nine-year-old has acquitted himself well on three previous visits.