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Katie Walsh Fairyhouse Photo: Patrick McCann 01.01.2012

Katie Walsh and Seabass out to improve on last year's third-place finish

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann  

Walsh hoping to earn a place in National history

KATIE WALSH will be out to try and earn her own place in history this afternoon when she attempts to become the first woman to ride the winner of the John Smith's Grand National.

Walsh finished third on Seabass last year and she rides the ten-year-old for her father Ted again today.

The pair finished third at Fairyhouse in the Grade 2 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February and the rider feels her mount would have come on for that outing.

"I feel he will improve for his run in the Bobbyjo," she said.

"If I get the same spin as last year I'd be absolutely delighted. He is a year older and hopefully he is a bit better."

The bookmakers have been predicted all week that the presence of Walsh on board would lead to punters smashing into Seabass but is a horse trained by a woman as opposed to one ridden by a woman they want to know on the morning of the race.

Rebecca Curtis was among the winners at Aintree on Friday with At Fishers Cross and it is her Teaforthree who is the springer in the market.

All the 16-1 has gone and the nine-year-old is now a general 12-1 chance.

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