63 Horses stand their Ground for 2018 Grand National
63 Horses remain in the mix for the 2018 Grand National on Saturday but with a maximum permitted field of 40 the last contender to be guaranteed a place is the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Double Ross.
Seeyouatmidnight – 20-1 with Betvictor ( 6 places )
The 2018 running of the Randox Health Grand National is beginning to take shape following Monday’s forfeit stage for which 63 horses stood their ground for the extended 4m 2f marathon. Only the top rated final 40 entries will be allowed to compete for the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree on Saturday afternoon, the last guaranteed place currently belonging to the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Double Ross.
Leading Irish owner Gigginstown House Stud are responsible for eight entries, headed by leading fancy Tiger Roll who is a top price 12-1 with Betfair Sportsbook and Paddy Power. Valseur Lido and Alpha Des Obeaux are their only other guaranteed runners as things stand with Road To Riches and Thunder And Roses next in the pecking order ahead of Thursday’s final declaration stage. At numbers 46, 47 and 61 respectively the trio of Wounded Warrior, General Principle and Rogue Angel must be long odds against making the cut.
2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco heads the weights on 11st 10lb, 1lb higher than last year’s fourth Blaklion with Anibale Fly, third behind Native River and Might Bite at Prestbury Park and 9lb well-in according to the official handicapper. Gold Cup faller Total Recall heads the ante-post market with most bookmakers at a best price 11-1 with SunBets and Betfred.
One horse who has been steadily supported in recent weeks and is a top price 20-1 with Betvictor ( 6 places ) is the Sandy Thomson-trained Seeyouatmidnight who will run in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud at the weekend after the ten-year-old was purchased by David and Patricia Thompson. Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, said on Monday regarding the acquisition: “ Mr and Mrs Thompson are looking forward to being involved again in the Grand National. Seeyouatmidnight is an exciting horse who looks to have good prospects for Aintree. Hopefully he’ll give everyone a good run for their money.”
Seeyouatmidnight will have new owners in the @RandoxHealth Grand National @AintreeRaces on Saturday@LambdenRacing tells @PAracing that a deal has been struck with David and Patricia Thompson, of Cheveley Park Stud pic.twitter.com/voJpgYsX4b— PA Racing (@PAracing) April 9, 2018
An excellent close third in the 2016 Scottish Grand National the son of Midnight Legend clearly stays very well, has a touch of class and if taking to the big fences has to be one of the leading contenders for the first prize of £500,000.