Despite all the controversy surrounding the fairness of the weight handed to Seabass for the 2013 Grand National, connections maintain that he is stronger than ever and ready to have another crack at the Grand National on April 6th.
Despite the fact that Seabass had neither run nor had his official rating changed since the 2012, the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith, saw fit to give him 11-02, 4lbs up on last year which upset and angered trainer Ted Walsh.
Pat Glynn, who bought the horse as a foal and heads the Gunners Syndicate that owns the 10-year-old, believes that he is physically tougher than last season when he finished in third place behind Sunnyhillboy and the ultimate winner Neptune Collonges.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, after his recent run at Fairyhouse, he said “We’re very happy with him, he’s 100%. That was his last run before Aintree,
“He’s a year older and a stronger horse this year. He had five runs before he went to Aintree last year and he’s just had two this year.
“We’ve just got the one big target, but you do need a bit of luck at Aintree. Last year we thought he peaked a bit too soon, but he did run a good race.
“We don’t know (about) the jockey yet. Ruby has first choice as Ted always says,” said Glynn.
“Katie rode him last year and she knows the horse. We’ll be happy either way.”
Seabass, a firm favourite with the punters last year, is no doubt going to have huge support again and if Katie partners him again she could be on for the win and with bookmakers putting Seabass at as little as 12/1 ante-post, the odds are almost certainly going to shorten even further between now and April 6th.