The second scratchings deadline for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National was yesterday, March 18th 2014, and one of the surprise withdrawals was the Ted Walsh trained Seabass.
Following a serious injury at Down Royal on Monday, in the Daily Mirror Chase, which was supposed to be his last prep race before the Grand National, he was found to have sustained ligament damage.
Seabass was aiming for his third National, having already finished third in 2012 and 13th in 2013 under jockey Katie Walsh, but Pat Glynn, of owners the Gunners Syndicate, said: “He'll be out of action for at least six months and maybe eight.
“We were looking forward to him at Aintree again as he was coming back to form.
“He suffered ligament damage mid-way through the race. We thought he wasn't 100 per cent, and when he got home he was very lame. He had a scan this morning and they found ligament damage.
“He's had tendon trouble before and made a full recovery. If he's OK we might put him back into training, but we're not sure about that at the moment.
“He'd been working very well at home and we had big hopes for him. He's been a very good servant for us.”
Seabass had been a general 33/1 with most of the UK's major bookmakers for this year's renewal and at 11-years-old, it now looks increasingly unlikely that he will be back next year.
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