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Last Updated: 09/10/11 1:02pm

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Midnight Chase: Hard to place

Midnight Chase: Hard to place

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Neil Mulholland believes that his stable star Midnight Chase could be hard to place this season.

The nine-year-old was a revelation last term, winning four on the bounce with the sequence only coming to an end in the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he finished fifth to Long Run.

He is due to reappear in November, with his young trainer eyeing up some of the top races this season with handicaps out of the question.

Mulholland said: "He's due to be ready for November. There's several places where he could run but we're just looking for a bit of nice ground to start him off.

"I won't pin it down to where he's going but he should be fit and ready to run in November.

Top-Class

"He's rated 161 now so he's going to be hard to place but if he wins one race this year it could be top-class.

"As good as winning four last year was, there's a lot of prize money to be picked up in the top races and there might only be five or six runners so hopefully we'll have some fun with him.

Mulholland's string has also been boosted by the addition of the giant Mad Max from Nicky Henderson's yard with the Grand National as a target.

"We've got Mad Max this year which is great. He looks really well," added Mulholland.

"Mrs (Carole) Skipworth (owner) would like to have a tilt at the Grand National.

"He's never been over further than two-five but Paul Carberry was very keen on his jumping at Aintree so that's the owners wish.

"I may as well train him for that as some other trainer."

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