Grand National Runners: Time Running Out For Seeyouatmidnight
Grand National contender Seeyoumidnight faces a race against time to qualify for Aintree this year after seeing a number of key race meetings cancelled due to weather.
The Sandy Thomson-trained Gelding must run over fences to qualify for the Randox Health Grand National, scheduled for Saturday 14th April, but extreme weather conditions have so far prevented the 10-year-old from running.
Thomson’s chaser must run before Monday 9th April in order to qualify but having seen all of his targets, including a previously re-scheduled race meeting at Keslo cancelled, he faces a corridor of uncertainty ahead of Aintree’s famous steeplechase.
“It’s a complete nightmare,” said the frustrated Berwickshire-based trainer. “The Premier Chase at Kelso was called off twice, there was the veterans’ chase at Donacaster and now Carlisle is off today, so that’s four races we’ve missed.”
Thomson is hopeful, however, that the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will schedule a meeting for this upcoming Thursday with a qualifier for the veterans’ final at Sandown a likely target.
Failing that, Thomson may look to the two-and-a-half-mile 0-150 handicap chase at Newbury next Saturday or the veterans’ chase at Ascot next Sunday.
Thomson added, “We still have just enough time, but you wouldn’t want to leave it any later than next weekend.”
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