Racing News Ahead of 2018 Grand National

Signs Good For Seeyou In Grand National Latest News and Farewell To Silviniaco

Scottish Hope Switches From Thomson To Thompson

One For Arthur famously won the big one of the Aintree Grand National for Scotland last year, and it is Seeyouatmidnight who carries the hopes of our friends from north of the border this time around. Fans of the horse looking for a lucky omen will be encouraged by the latest development.

Previously owned by Quona Thomson – wife of trainer, Sandy – the 10 year old has been snapped up by Patricia Thompson ahead of the biggest race of his career. Thompson likes a runner at the big one, and has stepped in late to purchase a contender in the past. Notably with Party Politics who came home in front in her colours in 1992. Will her luck be in again 26 years on? Seeyouatmidnight can be backed at 16/1 with Betfair.

Luck Be A Lady

Female jockeys have certainly been in the headlines this season, thanks to the exploits of Lizzie Kelly and, to a greater extent, the irrepressible Bryony Frost. It would take this headline grabbing to a whole new level should one of the lady riders grab the biggest one of all. But can they do it?

We haven’t had a female jockey come home first in the Aintree showpiece as yet, Katie Walsh coming closest when third aboard Seabass in 2012. This year looks to provide as good a chance as any of giving us our first success for the ladies though. The total of three female jockeys with a ride in the race is the highest for 30 years.

Katie Walsh goes again, this time aboard the Ross O’Sullivan trained Baie Des Iles (33/1 with Bet365). Rachel Blackmore takes the ride on Alpha Des Obeaux (50/1 with 888sport) for Mouse Morris, and Bryony Frost renews her partnership with Milansbar (33/1 with Ladbrokes) for Neil King.

The last time three female jockeys took part, none of them finished. Let’s hope for better this time around.

Genie Tragedy and Festival Hero Retired

Two who won’t now be lining up in the Aintree showpiece are the Noel Meade runner A Genie In Abottle, and last year’s runner up Cause Of Causes.

In the case of A Genie In Abottle the reason behind his non participation is sadly a tragic one. Having shown signs of being unwell, nothing was found amiss when checked over by the vet, but the seven year old was found to have passed away in his box on Friday afternoon.

Gordon Elliott’s Cause Of Causes happily hasn’t suffered anything like such misfortune. Following a marked dip in form this season and an injury sustained last time out, the decision has been made to send the ten year old into retirement. Three times a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, this JP McManus owned runner was a big favourite at the yard and amongst punters alike and heads to McManus’s County Limerick farm for a well-earned rest.

Thanks For The Memories Silviniaco

In other sad news, this week also saw the untimely death of two-time King George VI winner Silviniaco Conti. Coming in the wake of the great Kauto Star and Denman, Silviniaco was always a little in the shadow of his forbearers from the Paul Nicholls yard. A winner of 16 races under rules, including seven at the highest level, there aren’t many other horses who would put this gallant performer in the shade.

Reportedly enjoying his new life as a team chaser, he sadly couldn’t be saved following an accident on Monday. A winner of over £1 million in prize money in an illustrious career, his memory will live on for a good while yet.