The 2013 Grand National draws ever closer and the field of confirmed runners gradually grows with each passing week. Among the 40-horse field is Seabass, who finished third in last year’s big race at Aintree. Already seen as one of the main contenders, it’s understandable that many punters are willing to back the 10-year-old, but could they find better value elsewhere.
Seabass is still as big as 20-1 for the upcoming Grand National with Ladbrokes. However, with plenty of time still to go, so much could change in terms of form. Seabass is likely to be ridden by Katie Walsh, sister of legendary jockey Ruby. Walsh steered him to a place last year, and will do well to finish in a similar position this time round.
However, 20/1 seems like a long shot for a horse that despite his age is relatively inexperienced. For the same price, you could place a bet on any female jockey winning the National for the first time in history, and with Walsh’s experience from last year behind her, who’s to say that she could be the one most likely to achieve such an accolade?
Katie Walsh is likely to have some competition from other female jockeys in the field at Aintree. Nina Carberry has competed in the race four times before and should be back again for another shot at glory, while the fast-emerging Lucy Alexander could make it three female riders bidding to make history in the sport of horse racing.
Walsh the favourite
Of all the female jockeys expected to be in the Grand National, Walsh is going to be the one most likely to win it. Given that she finished so strongly with Seabass last year, with the same horse she could potentially go on to bigger and better things. Her ride is known for having great stamina, which on a course like Aintree is essential.