MIDNIGHT BLISS completed a hat-trick of point-to-point victories before winning both starts to date over regulation fences. She's 8lb higher on her return to action but there should be more to come from Caroline Fryer's mare and she's preferred to Corner Creek. The latter won over 3m here in October but has struggled in a couple of subsequent starts while Packettotherafters was placed over the same distance here in September but has failed to complete either side of that. Apachee Prince slips further down the weights and is preferred of the remainder with Richard Johnson taking over the reins.
Corner Creek (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Mid-division, hampered 12th, effort after 4 out, chasing leaders 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 19 1/4l behind Copperfacejack (11-6) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Midnight Bliss 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 13th, mistake last, held on gamely, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Jun beating Chill In The Wood (10-13) by 1l, 10 ran.
Packettotherafters (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Close up, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Apachee Prince (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden 9th, headway on outside 3 out, one pace from 2 out, lost 4th from last, 5th of 11, 12 1/4l behind Georgina Joy (10-4) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp (5) gf in Nov.
Midnight Mustang 8-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 10 1/4l behind Mister Mister (10-9) at Taunton 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Nov.
That's The Deal (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Led before 2nd, headed after 12th, pressed leader, ridden after 3 out, soon lost place, weakened last, 5th of 12, 19 3/4l behind Hoke Colburn (11-13) at Huntingdon 3m hcp (4) gd in Oct.