Walsh confirms Grand National ride

by Setanta Staff , 07 April 2012

Leading jockey Ruby Walsh will ride Graham Wylie's Thyestes Chase winner On His Own at next weekend's Grand National.

The man from County Kildare had his pick of several horses for the Aintree showpiece but has revealed diplomacy was the key, with Willie Mullins' Prince De Beauchene, Paul Nicholls' Neptune Collonges and his father Ted's Seabass in the mix.

But writing in the Irish Examiner, Walsh revealed: "Willie wanted me to ride for him, Paul Nicholls was anxious I go with Neptune Collonges and, of course, there was also my father's Seabass to consider. "

But I had to be very professional about this and just wouldn't feel comfortable not riding for either Willie or Paul.

"I harbour doubts about Seabass getting four and a half miles in any case, but I'm sure he will give my sister, Katie, a terrific spin."

Walsh added that he also has doubts over On His Own on a left-handed course although he is willing "to take a chance on that".

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