Super Seabass secures Naas success
The Ted Walsh-trained Seabass took his winning run to seven when rallying in game fashion to collar Zaarito close home in the Grade Two paddypower.com Chase at Naas.
Sent off the 5-4 favourite, Seabass cut out the running with Saludos but Zaarito looked like he had timed his run to perfection when going on between the last two fences.
However, Ruby Walsh got a tremendous late effort out of the nine-year-old to get up in the dying strides, earning a 16-1 from 25s quote from Paddy Power for the John Smith's Grand National.
Walsh senior said: "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 euro 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."
Ruby Walsh rode the Mullins-trained Prince De Beauchene to victory at Fairyhouse yesterday, a victory which saw him promoted to National favouritism.
Paddy Power have opened a book on what horse Walsh will ride at Aintree, going 1-3 Prince De Beauchene, 5-1 Seabass, 7-1 On His Own and also 7-1 any other horse than those three.