Saturday, 23 June, 2018


Seeyouatmidnight to serve the Scots a Grand National double

Seeyouatmidnight to serve the Scots a Grand National double Seeyouatmidnight to serve the Scots a Grand National double
Noah Ferguson | 11 April, 2018, 12:45

 

 

Horse racing trainer Sandy Thomson is hoping Scottish winners at the Grand National are like London buses following last year’s success. One For Arthur proudly flew the saltire at Aintree 12 months ago but tendon damage has ruled Lucinda Russell’s pride out of a crack at two-in-a-row.

That leaves Scotland’s chances a bit thin on the ground with horse racing backers north of the border pinning their hopes on Seeyouatmidnight. As contenders go, it’s not a bad one to have with many shrewd punters expecting him to go close.

There will be none happier if the raider does the business than those connected to the Cheveley Park stud as David and Patricia Thompson were able to acquire the 10-year-old just days before the curtain goes up on the Grand National festival. Did they know something the rest of us are yet to find out?

There’s an interesting backstory connected with the yard too as they’ve owned a previous national winner in Party Politics way back in 1992. He scored under the ride of jockey Carl Llewellyn off a punter-friendly starting price of 14/1 – days after being purchased by the Thompsons. That’s sure to catch the eye of value hunters looking to solve this year’s 4m 3f puzzle.

Bay gelding Seeyouatmidnight arrives in Liverpool with a career record of seven wins and six places from 16 previous starts and although he hasn’t been snapped in the winner’s enclosure since October 2016 - when claiming an intermediate chase around Carlisle over 2m 4f – backers can take plenty of heart from his recent results. Those having a bet on the Grand National will find him available at 16/1 with Paddy Power in the ante-post list.

Four wins from his last 10 means he’s a runner worth keeping on the right side of and, since that score at Carlisle, he has finished no higher than third in any of his last two. He was runner-up behind Big River in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle at Kelso and he then placed third at Newbury in March.

That race was won by Tiquer with Kayf Adventure finishing best of the rest and, although Seeyouatmidnight was never a danger to the two in front when it mattered, it’s worth remembering that was his first run in a year and the team needed it to qualify for a place in the Grand National. Considering his absence and the fact he had no problem shaking off the rust to place in a decent contest over 2m 3f he’s expected to come on for the outing.

It could have been better too as he had led the field in the early part of the running and was hampered three from home, forcing a change of tactics which cost him second. The fact he appeared to weaken towards the line may be a worry to some, but he’ll be fitter with the miles under his belt and is a horse that has been targeted at this race for quite some time.

 

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