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Seabass makes trip to France

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Trainer Michael Halford Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Trainer Michael Halford Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Trainer Michael Halford Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Ted Walsh's Seabass is another leading Irish horse that has made the trip to France to run at Auteuil's big meeting on Sunday.

The lightly raced 10-year-old finished third in last year's Aintree Grand National under the Herald's Katie Walsh and the pair were favourites to win this year's National until fading late on to finish 13th.

Seabass hasn't run since Aintree back in April with connections opting against running at the Punchestown Festival, and despite being declared to run at Punchestown last Wednesday, the eight-time winner was withdrawn due to the good to firm ground.

A light campaign this season has seen him run just three times and Walsh will let him take his chance at Auteuil in the Prix Des Drags Direct Matin, a Grade Two worth €240,000 with €108,000 to the winner.

Just nine runners go to post for the race which will be run over an extended 2m7f and it is due off shortly after 3pm.

Ruby Walsh, who will be in action for Willie Mullins at the meeting, will takeover from his sister Katie on Seabass having previously won four on the consistent campaigner who has been a credit to all connections.

Seabass' biggest success of his career came in the Leopardstown Chase in 2012 when he won over 2m5f, and he is a point to point winner who should relish the 2m7f trip on Sunday.


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