Kelso race is pos­si­ble

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

GRAND Na­tional en­try Seey­ouat­mid­night could make his come­back af­ter an 11-month ab­sence i n Satur­day’s Premier Chase, weather per­mit­ting, at Kelso.

Sandy Thom­son’s smart stayer has been side­lined since fin­ish­ing sec­ond over hur­dles at the Bor­ders venue last March.

Thom­son, who is highly re­garded as a trainer, re­ports the 10-year-old to be ready for a re­turn to the fray fol­low­ing a race­course gal­lop at New­cas­tle at the week­end.

“The weather looks pretty aw­ful, but if it’s off, I’ve heard they’re hop­ing to re-sched­ule, so that would give me an op­tion,” said the Ber­wick­shire-based han­dler.

“I’m re­ally pleased with him. He worked af­ter rac­ing at New­cas­tle and I was very happy with the way he shaped.”

Sta­ble­mate Sel­dom Inn would be un­likely to take up the en­gage­ment, though.

“I just stuck him in but it looks a very com­pet­i­tive race this year,” said Thom­son.

“I’ll try to keep them apart. Sel­dom Inn might wait for the veter­ans’ chase at Carlisle. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The 13 en­tries are headed by the Nigel Twis­tonDavies-trained Bris­tol De Mai.

The seven-year-old will try to re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter be­ing beaten at Kemp­ton and Chel­tenham since land­ing a run­away suc­cess in the Bet­fair Chase at Hay­dock on Novem­ber.

Amer­i­can, who fin­ished one place ahead of Bris­tol De Mai when run­ner-up to Definitly Red in the Cotswold Chase, has been given the op­tion by trainer Harry Fry.

Paul Ni­cholls is dou­ble-handed with Vi­cente and War­riors Tale while the only Irish pos­si­ble is the 13-year-old Mag­gio from Pat Grif­fin’s County Dublin sta­ble.

Jamie Snow­den could field Dou­ble Trea­sure, although he also has an en­try in the Ul­tima Hand­i­cap Chase on the open­ing day of the Fes­ti­val on March 13.

Snow­den said: “He won three races in the au­tumn, cul­mi­nat­ing in a nice win at Chel­tenham.

“The BetVic­tor Gold Cup was too soft for him as it rained all day and he didn’t run a bad race con­sid­er­ing.

“I am quite keen to step him up in trip now. He has had a nice win­ter break.

“We might look at the Listed chase at Kelso on Satur­day or the Ul­tima at the Fes­ti­val.

“He could be a nice one to go to Ain­tree with for the Topham as he jumps so well and that would suit him. He might well be a Grand Na­tional horse next sea­son.”

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