Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 21 January 2018

Sebass angling for return to glory

Katie Walsh with Seabass
Katie Walsh with Seabass

Ashley Iveson

Seabass gets the chance to bounce back from his disappointing run in the Grand National as he crosses the Channel for the Prix des Drags Direct Matin at Auteuil on Sunday.

Ted Walsh's 10-year-old ran a fantastic race to finish third in last year's renewal of the world's most famous steeplechase at Aintree under the trainer's daughter Katie, and was favourite to go two places better this spring.

However, having travelled into the race menacingly, the veteran eventually faded and came home well beaten in 13th place.

Trainer's son Ruby takes over in the saddle this weekend as Seabass comes back almost two miles in distance for a Grade Two contest worth over 100,000 euros to the winner.

Part-owner Pat Glynn said: "The horse went over on Thursday and we're very much looking forward to seeing him run.

"He's well and fresh. He was going to have a run at Punchestown last week, but the ground went too firm so we pulled him out.

"Hopefully the ground in France should be all right for him and the good thing is Ruby is over there for a few rides anyway, so he'll know what the ground is like and everything else.

"Even though he's run in two Grand Nationals, he's never won a chase over three miles. I think two and three-quarter miles will be spot-on for him."

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