Walsh confirms Grand National plans

Ruby Walsh has confirmed this week that he will ride On His Own for next weekend’s Grand National.

The famous jockey had a pick of several horses, but in the end decided on the Graham Wylie trained horse, a decision which Walsh describes as ‘professional’.

Speaking about his betting offers selection for the famous race, he said: “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.”

In other news for those interested in betting terms to cast an eye over, it has been confirmed that Synchronised will run at Aintree, with trainer Jonjo O’Neill happy with how the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has progressed.

Racing manager Frank Berry said: “At the minute, the plan is for him to go. He just has to do a little bit (of work) during the week to make sure Jonjo’s happy with him.”

Looking at these odds for the respective horses, Synchronised is the 7/1 favourite, while Walsh is 12/1 with On His Own.

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