Saturday 24 February 2018

Walsh considering raid on Aintree's Grand Sefton for Seabass

Press Association

FORMER Aintree Grand National third Seabass could return to the track on Saturday for the Grand Sefton Chase.

Ted Walsh's charge is a possible raider for the contest along with Henry De Bromhead's You Must Know Me and the James Nash-trained Your Busy.

Wishfull Thinking, which has never run over the Aintree fences, heads 23 possibles for the race and he could be joined by his Philip Hobbs stablemate Chance Du Roy.

Nicky Henderson has taken out Rajdhani Express but may run Roberto Goldback, although he is also in the Becher Chase.

Paul Nicholls has left in Rebel Rebellion and Current Event, while Donald McCain's Dunowen Point is likely to be a popular choice.

"Dunowen Point will go in the Grand Sefton," said McCain. "We've kept him back a bit, but the horses are starting to come through now.

"I wouldn't have minded getting a run into him somewhere, although he gets to run off the same mark as when he was fourth in the Topham."

Willie Mullins has left in On His Own and Vesper Bell in the feature event, the Becher Handicap Chase. The champion trainer withdrew Prince De Beauchene, which leaves David Pipe's Junior as top-weight with 11st 12lb.

Alan King's Walkon, second to Hennessy winner Triolo D'Alene in the Topham, Big Fella Thanks and Roberto Goldback are next in the weights on 11st 8lb.

Pipe could also saddle Master Overseer, Bostons Angel and Swing Bill, while McCain is considering the Becher for Across The Bay.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson has paid four million guineas (£4.2m) for Dancing Rain at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket. The five-year-old mare, winner of the Epsom and German Oaks when trained by William Haggas, is in foal to Frankel.

Ferguson said: "This game is all about reducing the odds, and for us to get the greatest chance of producing a Classic winner, buying Dancing Rain reduces the odds.

"You can have lots of mares, but you need jewels – Sheikh Mohammed felt that she's a jewel."

Irish Independent

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