16/1 chance Seabass is a recent winner of the 40k Leopardstown Handicap Chase and in doing so won his sixth consecutive race.
The horse now finds himself on an official mark in the 140s having started his winning run at a lowly 95 and trainerTed Walsh has done a great job improving this nine-year-old son of Turtle Island over forty pounds; the improvement may not yet be finished.
However, despite Seabass emerging victorious in his last six races, the Irish runner has only ever contested two races over 3m and never been beyond that distance in his racing career under Rules.
That is certainly not ideal for when heading into a Grand National, as most winners of the contest have at least possess winning form over 24 furlongs or more and Seabass has tasted defeat on both of his starts over the distance.
He has won a three mile point-to-point so still has stamina to prove for a race like the Grand National but the stable have proved already that they can deliver the ultimate prize with a young, improving horse after guiding Papillon to Grand National success in 2000. And punters should keep a very close eye on this horse. He is a must for any Grand National shortlist.
It has also been confirmed that Katie Walsh will have her first Grand National ride when she partners this horse, trained by her father Ted, in the Aintree spectacular on April 14.
With her brother Ruby confirmed to partner the Willie Mullins-trained On His Own in the big race, Ted Walsh, speaking on Saturday morning, said: “Katie will ride Seabass in the National. She knows the horse like the back of her hand and has won two handicap chases on him this season.”