The first three in the Grand National 2013 betting are ridden or trained by the Walsh family – Crockford asks will the 2013 renewal be The Walshs’ National?
Back in 2000 father and son Ted and Ruby Walsh teamed up to win the Grand National with Papillon, who rewarded the punters on the day gamble by landing the race at 10/1. Ruby was back in the winners enclosure again five years later in 2005 with Hedgehunter when riding for the Irish trainer Willie Mullins. His sister Katie Walsh was almost the first woman to seal victory in the race when she rode their father’s horse Seabass to third behind Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy in 2012.
On Saturday Katie partners Seabass again, with her brother Ruby booked to ride the favourite On His Own for Mullins, and the Champion Jockey AP McCoy riding Ted Walsh’s Colbert Station.
William Hill currently pice the market leaders at; On His Own 15/2, Seabass 10/1 and Colbert Station 11/1.
Crockford reviews the chances of the three Walsh horses:
On His Own (Ruby Walsh/Willie Mullins) 15/2 favourite
Going well when falling last year in the Grand National, this year’s favourite won well when taking the Boyne Hurdle on his seasonal debut. Ruby Walsh is the most able of pilots and the trainer Mullins knows how to win the race. The partnership could follow up on their win with Hedgehunter back in 2005, but Crockford believes that the Walsh’s have stronger chances.
Seabass (Katie Walsh/Ted Walsh) 10/1
Brilliant performance when fading into third on the run in last year. Seabass has been lightly raced this season and is bound to go well again. There has never been a better chance for a female jockey to claim the ultimate racing prize. What a story it would be with father and daughter in the Winners Enclosure at Aintree.
Colbert Station (AP McCoy/Ted Walsh) 11/1
McCoy had the choice between this progressive stayer and the unlucky second from last year’s National Sunnyhillboy. His confidence in choosing the JP McManus/Ted Walsh horse speaks volumes and is sure to attract further attention from the punters. Crockford would not be surprised if they played a hand in the finish of 2013 Grand National.
It is highly likely that at least one, two or all three of the Walsh horses will be there fighting out the finish as they go round the elbow on the way to the post. It certainly could be the Walshs’ National this year.
William Hill offers the combination tri-cast on the three Walsh horses at 40/1, tempting to Crockford but a little short considering it is tri-cast and it is the Grand National a race in which luck is needed and anything could happen
(Featured photograph – Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – AP McCoy with Emma Spencer after his win on At Fishers Cross at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)