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Thornton thrills Fulton with Magic workout

Leading Queen Mother Champion Chase hope Twist Magic is reported to be in rude health after enjoying a schooling session under big-race jockey Robert Thornton.

Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old is enjoying arguably his best ever campaign having won the Tingle Creek at Sandown and Ascot's Victor Chandler Chase.

With regular pilot Ruby Walsh unsurprisingly opting to ride stable-mate Master Minded, Thornton will get the leg up on Wednesday week and his part-owner Barry Fulton was thrilled after watching the combination in action on Tuesday morning.

"He just had a school round on his own under 'Choc' (Thornton) and everything went very well," said Fulton.

"I have to say he is looking very well at the moment which is great as he has been a little dull in his coat in previous years.


"I am beginning to feel the nerves a little but it's very exciting and we're really looking forward to Cheltenham.

"He's just seemed a different horse so far this year and I'm not too concerned about the 'Cheltenham factor' to be honest. I think he would have gone very close to winning an Arkle if he hadn't fallen, but it is all about jumping and I suppose he's got to prove he gets up that hill.

"I really can't complain about this season as he has already won two Grade Ones and, who knows, maybe he'll make it a third next week."

Fulton acknowledges Twist Magic has plenty on his plate up against dual champion chaser Master Minded but is looking forward to the big clash.

"I had a quick word with Master Minded this morning but he wasn't saying much," quipped Fulton.

"We all know he's the one to beat and I believe he's in good form, so we'll just have to see what happens on the day. We'll have a fantastic day out no matter what."