Master faces nine rivals at Cheltenham

Master Minded features among 10 declared runners in the Keith Prowse Hospitality Tingle Creek Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Master Minded features among 10 declared runners in the Keith Prowse Hospitality Tingle Creek Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Grade One contest was rescheduled to be run at Prestbury Park following the abandonment of Sandown’s fixture last weekend and a strong line-up remains.

Kalahari King was not in the original field but the switch to Cheltenham has prompted Ferdy Murphy to declare his star turn.

Nick Williams will saddle Gauvain, a shock winner at the track last month, while the David Pipe-trained I’m So Lucky is set for his first start since landing Sandown’s Celebration Chase in April.

Kinkeel, Mahogany Blaze, Oiseau De Nuit, Petit Robin and Somersby are all set to take their chance, while plans for Master Minded’s stable companion Twist Magic remain up in the air.

The eight-year-old, a winner of this in 2007 and 2009, has been declared for a hat-trick bid, but his preferred option is the totesport.com Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday.

His part-owner, Barry Fulton, said: “The BHA have given us permission to declare him for Cheltenham, but we’ll go to Huntingdon as long as it looks like being on by Saturday morning.

“It’s one of those unprecedented cases really, so we can declare for both and decide later on.

“We just thought if we ran at Huntingdon, Noel Fehily would be able to ride him and hopefully, with Ruby (Walsh) likely to be back to ride Master Minded in the Champion Chase, we could have Noel for that race.

“It will be his first try at two and a half miles on Sunday but it’s a flat course and it will be interesting.

“They have also decreased the value of the Tingle Creek from £150,000 to £60,000, which means the Peterborough is actually worth more now.

“We also avoid Master Minded, so it makes sense to go to Huntingdon.

“But if they call Huntingdon off on Saturday morning or they say it’s looking doubtful, we’ll let him take his chance at Cheltenham.”

The only Tingle Creek withdrawal from the five-day stage was Poquelin, who instead carries top-weight in the Vote AP Gold Cup on the same card.

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