Seabass can pass National test – Walsh

Trainer Ted Walsh believes 22/1 shot Seabass will be able to maintain his current winning run when he takes to the Aintree course for the Grand National.

The big steeplechase gets underway at 4:15pm, with 40 runners all hoping they can tame the huge jumps on Merseyside in the pursuit of glory.

Nine-year-old Seabass is one of those who looks to have a good chance of success at Aintree having won his last six races under rules.

Walsh is hoping his daughter Katie can guide him to a second National winner, and in the process make history as the female jockey looks to become the first woman to ride the winner at Aintree.

With four miles and four furlongs to tackle there are some concerns Seabass might not have the stamina to keep up with the rest of the field having never been over three miles.

However, Walsh is confident Seabass has what it takes as he looks for him to emulate his 2000 winner Papillon.

“He’s won over two miles five and won a few point-to-points over three miles, but he might not stay,” said Walsh.

“But that might apply to a few of them in the race. There’s very few of the them that gone the full trip.”

However, with 39 other contenders Walsh is wary of the rest of the field, highlighting 9/1 pre-race favourite and Cheltenham Gold Cup holder Synchronised as one to watch.

“He’s a better horse this year than ever before and was a good, game Gold Cup winner. If he jumps round and is in touch, it’s all over because he’ll come from the back of the last like a train,” he added.

Walsh will also be hopeful that his son Ruby will have a good ride as he saddles 16/1 shot On His Own having turned down Seabass.

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