Walsh stands by for Seabass

Amateur jockey Katie Walsh could be given a dream ride aboard 16/1 shot Seabass at next month’s Grand National at Aintree.

Seabass, who is unbeaten in his last seven starts, is trained by Katie’s father Ted, who trained Papillon to win the Grand National in 2000.

Papillon warmed up for that famous win by finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Paddypower.com Chase at Naas – a race Seabass won last month to raise hopes of another shot at Aintree glory.

Walsh’s brother, Ruby – a two-time Grand National winner – is first in line for the mount, but he may opt for one of Willie Mullins’ highly-fancied stable, including Prince De Beauchene (9/1) and the Midnight Club (20/1).

That would leave Katie first in line to guide the nine-year-old across the famous course on Merseyside next month.

“It’s Ruby’s horse to ride, but it’s his choice and I’m sure he won’t make a decision until a week before the race,” said Pat Glynn, part of the Gunners Syndicate, in whose colours Seabass runs.

“I’d have absolutely no problem with Katie. She’s won on him a few times and is a very safe, very strong jockey.

“I’d rather we have a jockey who knows him inside out and Katie certainly fits the bill.”

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