Three top tips from across three tracks on a fun Friday.
Midnight Tune ran well when second on chase debut at Uttoxeter around this time last year, and was in the process of giving another good account of herself when falling at Plumpton in February. Though unlikely to have won, Midnight Tune shaped with promise on that occasion, still having a narrow lead when departing two out.
Anthony Honeyball’s likeable mare is not expected to be lacking fitness on return and is a leading player with the likelihood of even more to come this season.
First Account won his sole start in points, before showing plenty of ability when placed in a couple of novice hurdles at Carlisle last winter – the first of them behind the subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner Al Dancer.
He looks worth chancing to make a winning chase debut for Donald McCain.
He proved too strong for the favourite on his latest appearance and was only denied victory by the unexpected rally of Captain Zebo. He shaped like the best horse in the race that day and, though he has not been seen on the racecourse for almost a year, he remains unexposed and is of obvious appeal on his first start over the larger obstacles.
La Rav impressed with the way he travelled when returning to form over this C&D last time. He finished runner-up on that occasion, but travelled strongly as he returned to the all-weather, and can build on that performance off the same mark here.
He is handicapped to go well and he rates the type that Mick Easterby will continue to get more out of – this is only his fourth start for the yard. He should be in the mix again over this one mile trip with Nathan Evans booked to ride.