Seeyouatmidnight, off the track since finishing second to Big River in a handicap hurdle at Kelso on March 25, 2017, is bidding to become only the third Scottish-trained winner of the world’s greatest and richest chase following the successes of Rubstic in 1979 and One For Arthur in 2017.
The lightly-raced 10-year-old was seventh in the 2015 Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and went on to enjoy a stellar season over fences in 2016 with three victories. That included a three and three-quarter length success over the current Randox Health Grand National 10/1 joint favourite Blaklion in the G2 Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham and a 12-length win over dual G1 winner Bristol De Mai in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle.
Seeyouatmidnight was also an excellent three-length third in the 2016 Scottish Grand National at Ayr behind the Paul Nicholls-trained Vicente and was set to reappear at Kelso today, Saturday, March 3 in the Listed totepool.com Premier Chase at Kelso before the fixture’s abandonment.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is looking into the prospect of restaging the Kelso raceday next week, with Thomson keen to run the Midnight Legend gelding, who is owned by his wife Quona.
Thomson, based in Berwickshire, Scotland, reported: “Seeyouatmidnight is in great form at home and I’m looking forward to running him. It’s a shame that the bad weather has arrived as the race at Kelso fitted nicely into the programme. I haven spoken to the BHA and there is a possibility that the meeting will be rescheduled for next Thursday.
“The BHA have been slightly non-committal as they are watching the weather, which shows no signs of relenting. However, for racing in the North, it is important this this meeting is restaged with Graded and Listed contests on the card.
“We will have to wait and see what the weather does, but I need to get a run into him so hopefully the meeting is rescheduled, because he has to run in a chase before Monday, April 9 to qualify for the Grand National.
“His work has been excellent and if Kelso cannot be rescheduled, then we may have to go to the Cheltenham Festival with him. He’s entered in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase (3m 1f, March 13) so we could possibly go for that race and looking at the entries, it looks a good renewal and he would get in off 11st 3lb.
“He has won at the track before, but if we don’t go there, we could head to Carlisle later on this month for a veterans chase to ensure we make the April deadline.
“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.”
A total of 90 entries went forward for the 171strunning of the Randox Health Grand National following the first scratchings’ deadline on Tuesday, February 27.
Last year’s fourth, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Blaklion (11st 6lb) heads favouritism along with the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall (11st 1lb) at 10/1 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National.
Gordon Elliott’s Causes Of Causes (10st 12lb, 14/1), Kim Bailey’s The Last Samuri (11st 4lb, 16/1), top-weight Definitly Red (Brian Ellison, 11st 10lb, 20/1) and Gold Present (Nicky Henderson, 11st, 20/1) are some of the others going forward towards the top of the market for the four and a quarter-mile contest over 30 fences on Saturday, April 14.
A maximum of 40 runners can line up at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 14 for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival.
The next scratchings’ stage for the Randox Health Grand National is on Tuesday, March 20.
The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree runs from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14.
Randox Health Grand National – Betway odds
10/1 Blaklion, Total Recall
14/1 Cause Of Causes
16/1 The Last Samuri
20/1 Definitly Red, Gold Present, Minella Rocco
25/1 Anibale Fly, Vicente
33/1Edwulf, Gas Line Boy, Mala Beach, Outlander, Pleasant Company, Regal Encore, The Dutchman, Ucello Conti, Wild West Wind
40/1 Milansbar, Raz De Maree, Saint Are, Tiger Roll, Valseur Lido, Vieux Lion Rouge, Warriors Tale
The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 14, 2018. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards which, have started in a chase during the current season and who, up to and including March 19, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of’ two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more and which are allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 11. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 11 would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 11. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 30, entries revealed January 31 (105 entries), weights revealed February 13 (104 go forward – 1 not qualified), first scratchings deadline February 27 (90 entries remain), second scratchings deadline March 20, five-day confirmations April 9, final declarations 10am April 12. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.
|1)||DEFINITLY RED (IRE)||9||11-10||Phil & Julie Martin||Brian Ellison|
|2)||EDWULF||9||11-09||J P McManus||Joseph O’Brien IRE|
|3)||OUTLANDER (IRE)||10||11-08||Gigginstown House Stud||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|4)||MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)||8||11-07||J P McManus||Jonjo O’Neill|
|5)||BLAKLION||9||11-06||Simon Such & Gino Paletta||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|6)||SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)||9||11-05||Gigginstown House Stud||Henry de Bromhead IRE|
|7)||ANIBALE FLY (FR)||8||11-04||J P McManus||Tony Martin IRE|
|8)||THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)||10||11-04||Paul & Clare Rooney||Kim Bailey|
|9)||VALSEUR LIDO (FR)||9||11-03||Gigginstown House Stud||Henry de Bromhead IRE|
|10)||MALA BEACH (IRE)||10||11-03||Chris Jones||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|11)||AMERICAN (FR)||8||11-02||The Jago Family Partnership||Harry Fry|
|12)||TOTAL RECALL (IRE)||9||11-01||Slaneyville Syndicate||Willie Mullins IRE|
|13)||ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)||8||11-00||Gigginstown House Stud||Mouse Morris IRE|
|14)||GOLD PRESENT (IRE)||8||11-00||John & Barbara Cotton||Nicky Henderson|
|15)||SIZING CODELCO (IRE)||9||10-13||Ann & Alan Potts Limited||Colin Tizzard|
|16)||PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE)||11||10-13||ISL Recruitment||Fergal O’Brien|
|17)||CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA)||10||10-12||J P McManus||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|18)||SHANTOU FLYER (IRE)||8||10-12||Carl Hinchy||Richard Hobson|
|19)||TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR)||11||10-11||Boultbee Brooks Ltd||Venetia Williams|
|20)||O O SEVEN (IRE)||8||10-11||Christopher Hanbury||Nicky Henderson|
|21)||CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE)||12||10-11||J P McManus||John Kiely IRE|
|22)||VICENTE (FR)||9||10-10||Trevor Hemmings||Paul Nicholls|
|23)||GO CONQUER (IRE)||9||10-10||Paul & Clare Rooney||Jonjo O’Neill|
|24)||TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)||8||10-10||Galloping On The South Downs Partnership||Gary Moore|
|25)||TIGER ROLL (IRE)||8||10-09||Gigginstown House Stud||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|26)||REGAL ENCORE (IRE)||10||10-09||J P McManus||Anthony Honeyball|
|27)||VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)||9||10-09||Professor Caroline Tisdall & John Gent||David Pipe|
|28)||RATHVINDEN (IRE)||10||10-09||Ronnie Bartlett||Willie Mullins IRE|
|29)||ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR)||8||10-09||Slaneyville Syndicate||Willie Mullins IRE|
|30)||A GENIE IN ABOTTLE (IRE)||7||10-08||Gigginstown House Stud||Noel Meade IRE|
|31)||CHASE THE SPUD||10||10-08||Christine Banks||Fergal O’Brien|
|32)||WARRIORS TALE||9||10-08||Trevor Hemmings||Paul Nicholls|
|33)||ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)||8||10-08||Diana Whateley||Philip Hobbs|
|34)||SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT||10||10-08||Quona Thomson||Sandy Thomson|
|35)||AS DE MEE (FR)||8||10-08||The Stewart Family & Judi Dench||Paul Nicholls|
|36)||GAS LINE BOY (IRE)||12||10-07||The Three Graces||Ian Williams|
|37)||THE DUTCHMAN (IRE)||8||10-07||SprayClad UK||Colin Tizzard|
|38)||PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)||10||10-07||Malcolm C Denmark||Willie Mullins IRE|
|39)||FLYING ANGEL (IRE)||7||10-07||Rob Rexton||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|40)||BELLSHILL (IRE)||8||10-07||Andrea & Graham Wylie||Willie Mullins IRE|
|41)||UCELLO CONTI (FR)||10||10-06||Simon Munir & Isaac Souede||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|42)||SAINT ARE (FR)||12||10-06||David Fox||Tom George|
|43)||BEEVES (IRE)||11||10-06||Paul & Clare Rooney||Jennie Candlish|
|44)||LONG HOUSE HALL (IRE)||10||10-05||Carl Hinchy||Dan Skelton|
|45)||CAROLE’S DESTRIER||10||10-05||Carole Skipworth||Neil Mulholland|
|46)||RAZ DE MAREE (FR)||13||10-05||James Swan||Gavin Cromwell IRE|
|47)||I JUST KNOW (IRE)||8||10-04||M B Scholey & the late R H Scholey||Sue Smith|
|48)||VIRGILIO (FR)||9||10-04||C J Edwards, D Futter, A H Rushworth||Dan Skelton|
|49)||BAIE DES ILES (FR)||7||10-04||Zorka Wentworth||Ross O’Sullivan IRE|
|50)||MAGGIO (FR)||13||10-04||Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont||Patrick Griffin IRE|
|51)||PENDRA (IRE)||10||10-04||J P McManus||Charlie Longsdon|
|52)||BUYWISE (IRE)||11||10-04||T Hywel Jones||Evan Williams|
|53)||CHILDRENS LIST (IRE)||8||10-04||Susannah Ricci||Willie Mullins IRE|
|54)||HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR)||11||10-03||Mrs Julian Blackwell||Venetia Williams|
|55)||THIRD INTENTION (IRE)||11||10-03||Robert & Sarah Tizzard||Colin Tizzard|
|56)||LORD WINDERMERE (IRE)||12||10-03||Dr Ronan Lambe||Jim Culloty IRE|
|57)||WILD WEST WIND (IRE)||9||10-03||Simon Clarke||Tom George|
|58)||CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)||9||10-03||Stuart Coltherd||Stuart Coltherd|
|59)||DOUBLE ROSS (IRE)||12||10-02||Options O Syndicate||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|60)||MORNING ASSEMBLY (IRE)||11||10-02||Clipper Logistics Group Ltd||Pat Fahy IRE|
|61)||BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)||13||10-02||Adrian Butler & S P O’Connor||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|62)||FINAL NUDGE (IRE)||9||10-02||Corbett Stud||David Dennis|
|63)||MILANSBAR (IRE)||11||10-02||Robert Bothway||Neil King|
|64)||ROAD TO RICHES (IRE)||11||10-01||Gigginstown House Stud||Noel Meade IRE|
|65)||DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE)||8||10-01||McGoldrick Racing 3||Sue Smith|
|66)||THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE)||10||10-01||Gigginstown House Stud||Mouse Morris IRE|
|67)||WALK IN THE MILL (FR)||8||10-00||Baroness Harding||Robert Walford|
|68)||VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)||8||10-00||Trevor Hemmings||Sue Smith|
|69)||VIC DE TOUZAINE (FR)||9||9-12||Andrew Brooks & G Moore||Venetia Williams|
|70)||WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE)||9||9-12||Gigginstown House Stud||Noel Meade IRE|
|71)||GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)||9||9-12||Gigginstown House Stud||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|72)||BONNY KATE (IRE)||8||9-11||Patricia Hunt||Noel Meade IRE|
|73)||COGRY||9||9-11||Graham & Alison Jelley||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|74)||SIR MANGAN (IRE)||10||9-11||Frank McAleavy||Dan Skelton|
|75)||SPLASH OF GINGE||10||9-11||John Neild||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|76)||MYSTEREE (IRE)||10||9-11||Lynne Maclennan||Michael Scudamore|
|77)||MINELLA DADDY (IRE)||8||9-10||Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar||Peter Bowen|
|78)||BRAQUEUR D’OR (FR)||7||9-10||Corsellis & Seyfried||Paul Nicholls|
|79)||PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)||9||9-10||Fibbage Syndicate||Willie Mullins IRE|
|80)||RELENTLESS DREAMER (IRE)||9||9-10||Nigel Morris||Rebecca Curtis|
|81)||KNOCK HOUSE (IRE)||9||9-09||Tim Leslie||Donald McCain|
|82)||THE YOUNG MASTER||9||9-08||Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters||Neil Mulholland|
|83)||ALFIE SPINNER (IRE)||13||9-06||Alan Beard & Brian Beard||Kerry Lee|
|84)||HENRI PARRY MORGAN||10||9-06||Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan||Peter Bowen|
|85)||PHIL’S MAGIC (IRE)||8||9-06||Lyreen Syndicate||Tony Martin IRE|
|86)||DANCING SHADOW (IRE)||9||9-05||The Dancing Shadows||Victor Dartnall|
|87)||ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)||10||9-05||Gigginstown House Stud||Mouse Morris IRE|
|88)||OUT SAM||9||9-03||D Charlesworth||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|89)||KRACKATOA KING||10||9-00||JC Harrison Lee & T Howard Partnership||Kerry Lee|
|90)||GOODTOKNOW||10||8-13||Burling Lee MacEchern Nolan Potter||Kerry Lee|
90 entries remain after February 27 scratchings deadline
THE FOLLOWING 14 ENTRIES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: BRISTOL DE MAI (FR); NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE); VYTA DU ROC (FR); POLIDAM (FR); ABOLITIONIST (IRE); SILSOL (GER); THREE FACES WEST (IRE); SAMETEGAL (FR); VIEUX MORVAN (FR); ARBRE DE VIE (FR); BALLYALTON (IRE); MISSED APPROACH (IRE), BRAVISSIMO (FR); THEBARROWMAN (IRE)
The following entries need to start in a chase this season before the five-day confirmation stage on Monday, April 9 to qualify:
SAINT ARE (FR)
MORNING ASSEMBLY (IRE)
KNOCK HOUSE (IRE)
The following entries need to finish first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of’ two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more before Monday, March 19, to qualify:
TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)