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Grand National 2012 News
Fri, Mar 23rd, 2012

We will be keeping an ear out for Grand National news from now until the big race in just over three weeks time.

Ted Walsh trained Seabass has won his last seven starts and has the stats profile of a Grand National winner althoughTed poured water on the idea of an "ideal type". Speaking after Seabass winning in Naas in late February he commented :

"That was great! Seabass got under the last but was gutsy. He was out of his comfort zone over two miles and was going faster than he wanted to go but battled well. Maybe some of the other horses weren't as good as they used to be but he was won €120,00 since he won his point to point and that's not bad! If he stays sound, we'll go to Aintree for the Grand National. There's no ideal type of horse for that race, you won't know until you get there. Nobody knows if he'll get the trip he's never been beyond three miles but I imagine looking at him he is the right type. However, the biggest problem is keeping him sound - he has been on the 'scrap heap' three times already."

There has been some speculation as to which of Ted's offspring  will take the ride on Seabass. Pat Glynn, speaking on behalf of the Gunners Syndicate  said:

"Seabass is 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. It's pointless nailing your colours to Prince De Beauchene or any of the Willie Mullins team now if one of the horses get injured. 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."

Earlier in the week Willie Mullins had said that he expected Ruby to ride Prince De Beauchene adding :

"I imagine Prince De Beauchene and On His Own will run. I've got Quel Esprit, Apt Approach, The Midnight Club and Quiscover Fontaine still in there,I havent asked Ruby whwt he will ride but it is always nice to ride a favourite"

Ruby and Katie Walsh's sister in law Nina Carberry was another jockey in demand. Trainer Noel Glynn said he wanted her for the Grand National ride on Becauseicouldntsee

"I'd like Nina (Carberry) to ride him in the National but she might have to ride her uncle Arthur's (Moore) horse (Organisedconfusion) so Davy Condon might ride."

Kim Bailey also gave a positive report on his intended runner Midnight Haze:

"I was very happy with his run at Cheltenham. I thought it was a good performance as he wasn't fully wound up for the race because his season has been geared towards Aintree and I expect him to improve for the run."

We have the lastest Aintree Grand National Odds below. Bet 365 are already non runner no bet and five places on the race. 


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