Seabass: would be a second Grand National winner for trainer Ted WalshPICTURE: Getty Images
Seabass stamina not a concern for Ted Walsh
TRAINER Ted Walsh, who is chasing his second Grand National triumph, is optimistic Seabass will stay the marathon 4m4f trip in Saturday's John Smith's-backed showpiece.
The nine-year-old, who will be ridden by Walsh's daughter Katie, has yet to race over 3m, but is in good form having won his last six races under rules.
"He's won over two miles fiveand won a few point-to-points over three miles, but he might not stay," said Walsh, who won the National with Papillon in 2000.
"But that might apply to a few of them in the race. There's very few of them that have gone the full trip."
Walsh thinks Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised and likely National favourite Synchronised will be a big threat provided he jumps well enough.
"You know he'll stay," Walsh added on the Morning Line.
"He's a better horse this year than ever before and was a good, game Gold Cup winner. If he jumps round and is in touch, it's all over because he'll come from the back of the last like a train."
The going on the National course is described as good, good to soft in places. Aintree's card also features Cheltenham Festival winners Simonsig, Sprinter Sacre and Rock On Ruby. The first five races from the course are live on BBC1.