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Walsh angling for Aintree shot; RACING.

SEABASS is in line for a crack at the John Smith's Grand National after stretching his unbeaten run to seven in the paddypower.com Chase at Naas.

The four-and-a-half-mile spectacular at Aintree may be a totally different test to this Grade Two contest over two miles - but trainer Ted Walsh believes it is worth a try.

And Walsh knows what it takes, having tasted National glory in 2000 with Papillon, who had finished fourth in this race in his glory season.

Seabass had to show battling qualities, as well as a touch of class, when rallying to collar Zaarito close home by a length.

Sent off the 5-4 favourite, Seabass cut out the running with Saludos but Zaarito looked like he had timed his run to perfection when going on between the last two fences. However, Ruby Walsh got a tremendous late effort out of the nine-year-old to get up in the dying strides.

"Seabass got under the last but was gutsy. He was out of his comfort zone over two miles and was going faster than he wanted to go, but battled well," said the trainer.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 27, 2012
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