trainer Sandy Thomson would like the ground to be softer next time for Seeyouatmidnight after his stable star made a superb start to the campaign at Carlisle on Sunday.
The Betfair Chase and the Hennessy Gold Cup are among the possible next ports of call for the eight-year-old, who put in an impeccable jumping display to comfortably dispose of solitary rival Bristol De Mai in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase.
“He’s out in the field and he’s fine,” said the Berwickshire trainer.
“He jumped brilliantly and I couldn’t be happier. We’ll have to keep our options open. Obviously he’s in the Hennessy and we’ll probably give him an entry in the Betfair, but that might come a bit quick. We’ll just play it by ear. It was good ground (on Sunday) but I would prefer it to be softer for him. We wouldn’t go for the Betfair if the ground wasn’t soft enough anyway.
“We are limited for the moment but I haven’t really had a look through the programme book yet. He is versatile, trip wise. He won over two and a half (miles) on Sunday and was third in the Scottish National.”
l Trainer Harry Fry is praying for rain to allow Unowhatimeanharry to make his seasonal reappearance in the coming weeks.
Snapped up by leading owner JP McManus after completing a five-timer in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, the eight-year-old was due to make his comeback in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby on Saturday.
However, Fry decided against an appearance due to the unseasonably quick ground. He said: “We’re just waiting on the rain to come and the ground to change.
“After missing Wetherby we thought about running in France this weekend, but he won’t go there. There’s also a race at Aintree on Saturday, but we’re not even going to enter him looking at the weather forecast.”
NOTTINGHAM: 12.20 Ocelot, 12.50 Crowned Eagle, 1.20 Melodic Motion, 1.55 Double Up (treble), 2.30 Rosina, 3.00 Orient Class, 3.30 Langley Vale, 4.00 Bollihope.
MUSSELBURGH: 1.00 Civil Unrest, 1.30 Thankyou Very Much, 2.05 Golden Town, 2.40 Rivabodiva, 3.10 Shantou Tiger, 3.40 Mad Money.
CHEPSTOW: 1.10 Air Horse One, 1.45 Gibbes Bay, 2.15 Valseur Du Granval, 2.50 The Unit, 3.20 Vinegar Hill, 3.50 Paddy The Deejay, 4.20 Black Mischief.
KEMPTON: 4.55 Balancing Time, 5.25 Kitty Boo, 5.55 Golden Nectar, 6.25 Dal Riata, 6.55 Kananee, 7.25 Sunblazer (next best), 7.55 WESTERN HYMN (NAP), 8.25 The Juggler.