Trainer Sandy Thomson must be crossing all his fingers and toes that he can get a crucial prep run scheduled for Seeyouatmidnight before the April 2nd deadline passes.
With the weather playing havoc with racing fixtures over the last few weeks, Seeyouatmidnight has had his intended return in the Premier Chase at Kelso scuppered twice by the weather. He was then entered at Doncaster, which was cancelled. A subsequent change of plans then saw him entered at Carlisle on Sunday which was also cancelled due to the snow, leaving connections scratching their heads.
The problem is that Seeyouatmidnight needs to start in a chase before April 2nd in order to actually qualify for this year’s Grand National. On Twitter, Sandy Thomson wrote: “Midnight was aimed for Kelso and:Doncaster on March 3 both off. Entered again for rearranged race Kelso 11 and today at Carlisle. No more races for him in the north this month unless BHA rearrange something. So only option Newbury and Ascot.”
It would seem that despite the availability of a decent prep run Seeyouatmidnight is working very well back at the yard and when trainer Sandy Thomson spoke to RacingUK he said:
“Seeyouatmidnight has had a great preparation. He’s done everything right at home and I managed to get a good bit of work into him on Tuesday (before the worst of the snow).
“He needs to run, not only to qualify for the Grand National, but also to give him a good prep for the race. If everything goes well, he will head to Aintree with every chance.
“His form reads very well having beaten both Blaklion and Bristol De Mai. Based on that he would have a good chance and he goes on any ground. He also jumps well and stayed in the Scottish National so you’d be hopeful regarding the trip.
“Form does of course come into the Grand National, but there are so many factors to take into consideration, so there is more to the race than just form.
“We’ll see what happens with the weather, but I’d like to run him very soon.”
With that in mind, Seeyouatmidnight has now been entered into the Doom Bar Handicap Chase Saturday on March 24th at Newbury as well as the grandnational.fans Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Ascot on March 25th giving connections two options should the weather scupper their plans again.
Should he get the run he needs, he is guaranteed a spot in the Grand National 2018 and has been given a weight of 10-08 by the Handicapper. This is likely to go up as top weight Definitly Red has been scratched from the race so next in line, Edwulf, will now become top weight by default.
He is currently around 33/1 ante-post for the 2018 Grand National but those odds may shorten if he definitely bags his spot in the final line-up.