The chase course is always a lot quicker than the hurdles track. An open event with Fiori, who has won under all codes, heading the field. Pat Haslam's gelding was disqualified after causing intentional interference at Perth last time and is on a retrieval mission here. While he is still open to improvement over fences, he looks up against it in this. Monkerhostin, the equal of Fiori over hurdles, has yet to convince over fences and has nothing in hand of Bonus Bridge on their running at Warwick. The latter, who was making his chasing debut that day, was returning from was from a lay off and is taken to come out the best of that pair. However, the TEAMtalk vote goes to Midland Flame, who has been something of an under-achiever to date. A failure on soft ground last time, he will be more at home on this faster surface and is taken to win what looks a decent novice chase for the track.