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Katie Walsh angling for Seabass

Connections of Seabass would be happy to give amateur jockey Katie Walsh the ride in the John Smith's Grand National.

Although Walsh's brother, Ruby, is first in line to receive the leg-up, the two-times National winner could instead pledge allegiance to one of Willie Mullins' formidable team, which includes the ante-post favourite Prince De Beauchene.

Pat Glynn, who formed the Gunners Syndicate, in whose colours Seabass runs, said: "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."

He added: "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."

Seabass is trained by Ruby and Katie's father, Ted Walsh, and is unbeaten in his last seven starts.

He is as low as 14-1 to provide Walsh snr with a second National victory at Aintree on April 14 after Papillon struck in 2000.


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