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Stuart Coltherd’s Captain Redbeard ready for Grand National

Stuart Coltherd’s Captain Redbeard ready for Grand National

Five days before the Grand National, Stuart Coltherd stands atop Gala Rig, a hill two miles outside Selkirk. Below him, on a near cloudless, sunlit day, there are TV cameras trained on four horses as they go about their work. The lead horse, whose coat glows in the rare sunshine of a cold, inclement spring, is the main subject of attention, and Coltherd, as he surveys the scene, has difficulty believing it.

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Sandy Thomson and his wife Quona with Seeyouatmidnight.

Can Seeyouatmidnight give Scotland another Grand National winner?

When I telephone Sandy Thomson, Seeyouatmidnight, the Berwickshire trainer’s Grand National hope, has just finished his last piece of work before Aintree. The 56-year-old Thomson is bullish. “He’s done a nice piece of work today – that’s the last he’ll do before the race. We’re very, very pleased, delighted with him, in fact. It’s all systems go for Aintree.”

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Jockey Richard Johnson punches the air after Native River won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Colin Tizzard is popular winner of Gold Cup

No one is due in this game. Having spent an age getting to National Hunt’s high table, farming’s favourite trainer Colin Tizzard did not need telling that. He dreamt the Gold Cup dream with Cue Card only to see him fall three out in 2016, and last year thought his name might be on the trophy with Thistlecrack, who failed to make it to the line.

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