Ted Walsh is a former amateur jockey and now a horse racing trainer that is aiming for success at the 2012 Aintree Festival. His son is the famous jockey Ruby Walsh.
Looking at the horses entered by Walsh for the 2012 Aintree Festival, he has one entry only with Seabass competing in the Grand National on Saturday 14th April 2012.
The hopeful will be ridden by Ted’s daughter Katie Walsh as she gets her first Grand National ride. Speaking about the decision to partner Katie with Sebass, trainer Walsh 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.”
With reference to Walsh’s current form, it has been a mixed month or so with one victory, one pull up and a 5th and 6th placed finish. The victory in this sequence was with his daughter Katie as the jockey though, so this is encouraging.
Walsh has had success with Seabass recently too, with seven victories in the last seven starts. The nine-year-old is also unbeaten in four starts during 2012, so the momentum is certainly there for Walsh.
Previous National successes
Without doubt one of Walsh’s most famous wins came in the 2000 Grand National when he trained Papillon to victory. His son Ruby was the jockey on this occasion. Walsh has also had tasted success in the Irish Grand National, but not in the last decade.
In 2012 though, there is a fresh look about his approach with Katie as the jockey and with Sebass in excellent form, there is no doubt that Walsh is looking forward to the week ahead.
Going into the 2012 Grand National, Seabass is available at around 20/1 for Walsh to taste success 12 years on from his famous National victory with Papillon.