There's not much to choose between Midnight Chase and PRINCE TAIME in this Beginners' Chase but the form of the Philip Hobbs yard recently sways us to side with the last mentioned while Amore Mio is the only other one to take seriously. Not always that fluent over the bigger obstacles the selection was a useful hurdler and on the pick of his form over timber he may end up too classy for this lot. Midnight Chase is also yet to convince as a chaser but probably sets the standard in regard to form in this medium and his surprise silver medal performance at the festival last year over hurdles is also encouraging. Amore Mio has a bit to prove since losing his way a bit in recent starts. Some of his form has a nice look about it but he'll need to improve now switched to fences. Outside this trio very little makes appeal and if finding his hurdles form Prince Taime should be too good.
Amore Mio (GER) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, led 3rd until 9th, weakened soon after 3 out, 6th of 14, 40l behind Fruity O'rooney (11-5) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.
Another Classic 7-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, dropped to rear 2nd, blundered and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Commanche Dream (10-7) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) sft in Feb, 6 ran.
Giggles O'Shea (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Led to 4th, weakened rapidly 6th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Astrodome (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar '09, 12 ran.
Midnight Chase 16-1 (11-1) In touch, mistake 3rd, slightly hampered 5th, blundered 10th, badly outpaced 4 out, hit next, staying on one pace when left modest 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-130 (2) sft in Jan.
Prince Taime (FR) 9-4 (10-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, chased winner 12th, ridden approaching 3 out, no impression before 2 out, 2nd of 3, 7l behind Theatrical Moment (11-6) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) sft in Dec.
Swainson (USA) 33-1 (10-11) Hampered 7th, always in rear, 14th of 17, well behind Viking Blond (10-13) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Fizzical Fizz 150-1 (10-2) Chased clear leader until 6th, weakened quickly soon after, 7th of 11, 43l behind First Avenue (10-7) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar '09.