Racing: Aintree Grand National

Katie Walsh pictured earlier with her father and trainer of Seabass – her horse in this year’s Aintree Grand National

Grand National Glory is Katie’s Fairytale

The Aintree Grand National is just around the corner and you can feel the buzz in offices and pubs, where everyone will be having an interest in this race. It’s without doubt the pinnacle of the National Hunt calendar.

We all have fond memories of this race from our younger years, especially if we’re Irish. I always remember when National day came around we all took turns sticking pins into the racecard printed in the newspaper. Eyes closed, we hoped the pin would land on the winner.

My dad would put £1 each/way on the horse for us and give us the winnings if we won.

This year On His Own is poised to become one of the hottest Grand National favourites in nearly 20 years, when Ruby Walsh will take the mount. When I last looked he was as short as 6-1 favourite for the race.

This horse was trimmed to favourite when Willie Mullins’ Prince De Beauchene was pulled from the race due to a stress fracture in his pelvis, which will sideline him for six weeks.

Ruby was handed the chance to ride On His Own and that catapulted him to the price of 6-1 favourite. Only three times has the National favourite been lower than this price, but On His Own will join an illustrious crew if he starts favourite on the day.

A horse I have always liked is Seabass, trained by Ruby’s father Ted Walsh. With Ruby now taking the ride on the Mullins inmate, this leaves the door open for his sister Katie to take the mount on Seabass.


For more see the April 6 print edition of The Irish World





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