Seeyouatmidnight could be targeted at the Gold Cup after Carlisle win
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By Alex Wiltshire 4:36PM 30 OCT 2016
SANDY THOMSON has his mind on the greatest jumps prize of all after Seeyouatmidnight produced a thrilling display of accuracy and zest to get the better of Bristol De Mai in an enthralling match race at Carlisle.
The eight-year-old was last seen finishing a fine third in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr after a disappointing display when seventh in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Bookmakers were sufficiently impressed with the performance to cut Seeyouatmidnight into 16-1 (from 25s) for the Hennessy Gold Cup on November 26, but Thomson has his thoughts fixed on loftier targets.
Going for Gold?
The Timico Gold Cup next March is now a possibility for Seeyouatmidnight, who is a top-priced 50-1 for the Cheltenham Festival highlight, and Thomson said: “It shows that if you get a lead and jump like that you get other horses at it.
“I thought he had improved although I wasn’t certain, but it looks as though he has.
“Brian (Hughes) said we should perhaps forget handicaps and go for the top races though the Betfair might come too soon. It’s too early to say what we will do we will see what there is for him. It’s a long way ahead but I might well give him an entry in the Gold Cup, there aren’t that many chasers of that calibre around and if it came up soft, who knows.”
Hughes added: “It was like driving a Ferrari. He never touched a twig and he really came up for me at the last ditch. I’ve never come up the hill like that before.”
Bristol eased for BetVictor Gold Cup
The select field became smaller before the off with the defection of 10-1 BetVictor Gold Cup favourite More Of That on account of the going, and Bristol De Mai, a potential challenger for the Cheltenham contest on November 12, made a few early errors and was not as economical at his fences as Seeyouatmidnight.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained grey was eased to 14-1 in some quarters for the BetVictor Gold Cup, and his trainer said: “The winner is clearly a very good horse. We let him get his own way in front, maybe we should have taken him on. I don’t know where he’ll go next.”