Sandy Thomson is running out of options to qualify Seeyouatmidnight for the Randox Health Grand National.

The trainer had his plans thwarted by the weather for a third time last weekend and will even consider the effects of commuter traffic before deciding where to run the horse.

Seeyouatmidnight has yet to run this season and, under a race condition brought in for this year’s National, must start in a chase before April 9 if he is to make the line-up at Aintree on April 14.

Thomson had the horse ready to run in the Premier Chase at Kelso earlier this month, only for the meeting to be abandoned twice, and was again left frustrated on Sunday when the fixture at Carlisle was also cancelled.

The trainer decided against running Seeyouatmidnight in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last week because of the heavy ground.

However, with a horse rated 149, there are not many alternatives available and Thomson needs to factor in a reasonable recovery period ahead of the National.

The British Horseracing Authority is considering staging a replacement jumping fixture in the north to make up for lost meetings but this is unlikely to include a race which Seeyouatmidnight could contest.

Thomson has entered for a two and a half-mile chase at Newbury on Saturday and a three-mile race at Ascot the following day and admits that logistics will form part of his decision. “There’s the travelling to take into account,” he said. “If he runs at Ascot he’ll be travelling back on the Monday morning and do you want to get him stuck on the M25 in traffic?

“Two and a half or three miles wouldn’t worry me. I think it was Gordon Richards who said that if he had a target in mind for a horse he didn’t mind giving them a blow-out over a shorter trip.”

One horse who will not be running in the National is Definitly Red, the topweight, who was scratched from the race yesterday. His trainer, Brian Ellison, instead plans to run him in the Betway Bowl two days earlier.

The Flat turf season begins this week and ante-post favourites Lord Glitters and Addeybb are among 73 confirmations for the 32Red Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

However, there will be loftier ambitions than handicaps held for a new arrival at Juddmonte Farms which has announced the birth of a full-sister to Frankel.