kevin-o-malley-the-tips-den-ante-postThe best thing to happen yesterday was the unveiling of the Randox Health Grand National weights, on an otherwise very quiet day on the National Hunt racing front. Other than the fact he’s been off the track since March of last year and is fragile at the best of times, one horse simply jumps off the page at 50/1, given a variety of positives to note about his chances.

One For Arthur landed the big race in 2017 and what would be better for Northern racing than another victory for a Scottish trained horse! As the article title suggests, I rather fancy SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT for the race at 50/1. Trainer Sandy Thomson will be relishing the prospect of preparing his best horse for a crack at this race and although the 10yo has been held up by a niggling suspensory ligament injury, all is reported to be fine now. The horse is also reported to have had his wind tidied up in view of a return in the Premier Chase at Kelso on March 3rd; an ideal race to venture a return to action and hopefully the wind operation has a positive effect.

Whatever he achieves at Kelso, Seeyouatmidnight will improve significantly for the run and in one of his final acts as active handicapper, Phil Smith assigned him a cosy perch of 10st 8lb for the National, racing from his mark of 149. That rating is extremely workable if this horse can stage a return to his best form or something like it, and let’s not forget the sort of form this fella is capable of. He’s won 4 of his 8 starts over fences to date, including contesting two Grade 1s and going off at 4/1 for a Betfair Chase (Pulled Up). He is a dual Grade 2 winner, but it never really happened for Seeyouatmidnight in Grade 1 company, but at his best he certainly has the class and ability to be considered a solid Graded performer. Blaklion is a warm favourite for the 2018 Grand National and rightly so, but if you cast your mind back to the Dipper Chase at Cheltenham in January of 2016, Seeyouatmidnight bossed Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge to win convincingly when they met, posting an adjusted RPR of 161 in the process. The only other time he matched that rating was at Carlisle in October of the same year, where he beat Bristol De Mai by 12 lengths in a Listed event in Carlisle; another of those eye-catching performances when you consider his Aintree chances off a mark as low as 149, with that nice weight previously mentioned factored in.

Well-being, fitness and stamina are the concerns here, but that is reflected into the odds of 40/1 and 50/1 floating around. However, Sandy Thompson is a highly capable handler and I suspect Seeyouatmidnight will shape with good promise at Kelso on March 3rd, for that all-important seasonal return and warm up run.

Our National fancy is known for his ability to run and jump comfortably on the front end of a race and with few miles on the clock over fences, the 10yo gelding has to be backed. I can see him going off at half of 50/1, or less, on the day.

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