A few of these are closely matched over hurdles but HIGH KITE made a promising start to his chasing career when runner-up at Uttoxeter and gets the vote. Savant Bleu has been placed in two of his three starts over fences and has leading claims but Theodore Lamb and Cuban Piece have been less impressive in their attempts at chasing so far. Pliny has gone close in a handicap chase at Southwell but hasn't raced since last year while Queen Of Mantua arrives in poor form for her chasing bow.
Angel Sun (FR) 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division, pecked 2nd, pushed along before 9th, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 24l behind Civil Unrest (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gd in Nov.
Dark Oasis 40-1 (10-13) Led and keen, not fluent and headed 6th, remained close up until weakened before 3 out, 6th of 16, 31l behind Typhon De Guye (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
High Kite (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Chased leaders, mistake 6th, blundered 11th, pecked 13th, ridden before 3 out, chased winner 2 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Nov.
Hollow Heartbeat (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 14th of 17, well behind Themanfromfraam (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Pliny (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) With leader, led after 4th, headed next, ridden after 7th, mistake and weakened last, 6th of 12, 34l behind Fintan (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep '11.
Savant Bleu (FR) 2-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led after 3rd, not fluent 10th, ridden and headed last, lost 2nd place towards finish when no extra, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mabel Tasman (10-10) at Taunton 2m 7f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gd in Nov.
Theodore Lamb 5-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, in rear from 4th, weakened before 3 out and tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Be Definite (11-9) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Queen Of Mantua (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Led, headed 5th, chased winner until before 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 15, 30l behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Cuban Piece (IRE) 15-2 (10-2) Ridden and several stages through race, prominent, led after 2nd, headed 4th, led 6th until not fluent 8th, led 11th, headed next, weakened after 14th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Beggar's Velvet (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.