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Tartak - Peterborough Chase Newbury 15.12.10

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Twist Magic suffers fatal fall as Tartak takes race

Report: Newbury, Wednesday Peterborough Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f, 4yo+

TWIST MAGIC had to be put down after falling two out when travelling well in the lead, overshadowing the dogged victory of the Tom George-trained Tartak.

One of the most popular chasers of recent seasons, with five Grade 1 victories to his credit, Twist Magic was put down after fracturing a fetlock.

Paul Nicholls, who trained Twist Magic to win nine of his 26 races after moving from France, including the Tingle Creek Chase on two occasions, said: "He was such a wonderful horse and it's a real tragedy, but these things happen.

"He was going to win without coming off the bridle and I'm gutted."

Twist Magic, sent off 9-4 favourite, was about a length in front of Breedsbreeze, with Tartak another couple of lengths behind, when he came down.

Breedsbreeze, also trained by Nicholls, was left in front but the 11-4 shot Tartak, who had been prominent throughout, rallied going to the last and outstayed his rival to score by half a length. Herecomesthetruth was another 28 lengths behind in third.

The sad end to Twist Magic's wonderful career marred a deserved first win for Tartak since he moved out of novice class.

George said: "We had a bit of luck on our side with Twist Magic falling and I'm very sorry for his connections.

"He's run some brilliant races since his novice days and it was my mistake to run him in the King George last year - that cost him dear.

"He's back now and will go for the two-mile four-furlong race [the Melling Chase] at Aintree."

Twist Magic had been reluctant to start and had to be led in by two of Nicholls' staff, but Sam Thomas soon had him close to the pace set by Tartak, with Ollie Magern also prominent from the fourth fence.

Twist Magic took the lead down the back straight and appeared full of running as he turned for home three lengths in front, with Breedsbreeze having made ground from the rear to lay down a challenge, along with Tartak.

Having never won over further than 2m1f, Twist Magic was not assured of victory when he fell, although he was showing no sign of tiring and appeared to be going better than the eventual first two.

Breedsbreeze could not hold off Tartak, with Nicholls saying: "He pulled himself up after Twist Magic fell and that probably cost him the race."

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