Neil Mulholland takes selective approach with Midnight Chase

21:00 29 October 2012

Eventual winner Midnight Chase ridden by Dougie Costello (right) leads Time for Rupert ridden by Denis O

Eventual winner Midnight Chase ridden by Dougie Costello (right) leads Time for Rupert ridden by Denis O'Regan (centre) and Any Currency ridden by Alain Cawley (left) on the first circuit in Argento Chase during the Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire. Photo: David Davies/PA WIre

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Trainer Neil Mulholland said he intends to cherry-pick the targets for stable star Midnight Chase who looks set to return in the £100,000 bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

The Cheltenham specialist last season recorded his fifth victory on the Gloucester track when winning the Grade 2 Argento Chase. He was last seen when finishing seventh to the ill-fate Synhcronised in the 2012 Gold Cup and Mulholland has revealed that Cheltenham will again be a key target in what is likely to be a selective campaign.

“Midnight Chase is hopefully going to run in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase. I am delighted with him. He is in great form and looks as good as ever,” Mulholland said.

“We targeted the Argento Chase last season and we won it. He was also third in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby which was a creditable performance.

“He seems as good as he was before he won the Argento and he has been working well. The Argento is the big aim for him again this season but he will be fit and ready for the Charlie Hall Chase because he is a lot further forward this year than he was last year.

“If he gets the right ground, he will run a big race.

“I would have to speak to (owner) Lady Clarke about the plan in between the Charlie Hall Chase and the Argento Chase, but the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas could be a strong possibility.

“I’m not going to campaign him that hard because the Argento took its toll on us in the Gold Cup last year, so this year I’d rather go Charlie Hall, Argento and then try and get to Cheltenham but we could also go to the Charlie Hall, Leopardstown, Argento and then miss Cheltenham and Aintree.

“You might only see him three or four times this season but he will be ready to rock and roll when he runs.”

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