Seeyouatmidnight has the talent to win the Grand National, but will have to pull off the performance of his career to etch his place in history at Aintree. Sandy Thomson’s charge has won seven out of his 16 races, although he has not managed to claim a major prize four-and-a-half years into his career.
The National is anything other than predictable, with the favourite failing to win the event since 2010 when Don’t Push It won the crown. Seeyouatmidnight is a slight outsider, although a decent price of 16/1 in the Grand National latest odds could be worth considering ahead of the race.
The bay gelding has not been in the best of form heading into the event. However, he has been capable of producing strong runs in the past. His 2015/16 National Hunt campaign was evidence that, at his best, Thomson’s charge has the quality to match the best of competitors. He made his first impact in the Novices’ Chase in Kelso, dominating the rest of the field to win by 13 lengths.
Seeyouatmidnight carried that form into the start of 2016 at Cheltenham Racecourse. The 10-year-old defeated Blaklion, among other contenders, at the Novices’ Chase by a comfortable margin, producing a strong run down the stretch to triumph by four-and-a-half lengths. He followed that run with a third win on the bounce at Newcastle.
However, the bay gelding failed to rise to the occasion at Cheltenham Festival at the RSA Chase. He finished well off the pace in seventh place as Blaklion took the crown. Thomson’s charge bounced back with a fine performance at the Scottish Grand National at Ayr, although he was narrowly beaten out down the straight by Vicente. Seeyouatmidnight finished third in the event, a head behind Irish horse Alvarado, improving on his poor outing at Cheltenham.
The new campaign started with a dominant victory over Bristol de Mai in a showdown in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase, with only the two horses competing in the race at Carlisle. One again the 10-year-old was unable to build on his momentum, pulling up for the first time in his career in the Betfair Chase, five fences from the end of the meet.
Seeyouatmidnight was absent from the track for five months in the middle of the 2016/17 season. He returned to action at the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle as the favourite to win the event at Kelso. With Brian Hughes in the saddle, Thomson’s charge put forward a solid outing, although it was not enough to secure the win. He finished 10 lengths off the pace behind eventual winner Big River.
Thomson held his charge out of action for a year, with Seeyouatmidnight returning to the track almost a year after his last race at the Doom Bar Handicap Chase at Newbury. Danny Cook ensured that the horse was competitive, but he did not have the surge of speed at the crucial point in the race, settling for third. The bay gelding has talent to match his rivals, although he will need to roll back the years at Aintree to claim the ultimate prize.