Seeyouatmidnight camp confident ground will suit

Seeyouatmidnight: jumped well at Carlisle when defeating Bristol De Mai

PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Hughes out to claim first Grade 1 in Betfair Chase
By bruce jackson 7:02PM 17 NOV 2016

SATURDAY'S Betfair Chase looks like being a test for those involved, with heavy expected to feature in the going description.

On Thursday the going was described as soft, and with more rain forecast before Saturday, conditions are likely to ease further.

That will be music to the ears of those connected with Seeyouatmidnight, who is bidding to break the southern monopoly on the Grade 1 feature.

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His jockey Brian Hughes was second on Tidal Bay to Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander in the 2010 Betfair Chase, one of several placed rides in Grade 1s.
Hughes, on a high with 21 winners this month at a near one-in-three strike-rate, is still looking for his breakthrough Grade 1 winner, but thinks Sandy Thomson's chaser has a good chance of ending his wait.

'No fluke'

"I have massive respect for the other horses, all Grade 1 winners, but we feel Seeyouatmidnight deserves his chance and we feel he's up to it," Hughes said.

"He copes with heavy ground very well and it won't be a problem to him at Haydock on Saturday. We think a lot of him and we're dipping our toe in the water to see where we're at.

"What he did in the Dipper was no fluke. Everyone thought Bristol De Mai would blow us out of the way at Carlisle but he picked up well and had a nice blow from the back of the last."

Ground update

Haydock had a mixture of heavy showers and sunny intervals, all adding up to 7mm of rain by dusk with a few more showers forecast before midnight.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said on Thursday afternoon: "It has been an unpleasant day and we could have 10mm by the end of the day.

"Today was the worst forecast, with 6mm tomorrow and 3mm on Saturday, and we are soft now. If we get all that is forecast we'll be heavy in places on Saturday."

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