Seabass shares His lead for Thyestes
THE Ted Walsh-trained Seabass (pictured) has joined Willie Mullins' On His Own at the head of the betting for next Thursday's Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park.
Bookmakers updated their betting yesterday following the final five-day forfeit stage for the prestigious handicap chase which saw antepost favourite Treacle withdrawn from the race.
There were two other unfortunate absentees from the 3m contest, which is sponsored by Goffs for the first time and worth €80,000.
Paul Nolan's Alpha Ridge collapsed and died with a heart attack at home yesterday morning, while a cancerous growth on the Gordon Elliott-trained Beautiful Sound meant that connections were left with no option but to put him down.
Seabass has continued his winning streak since returning to the track after a stint in the point-to-point field.
The nine-year-old has won his last five starts under all codes now for the Walshes and has a lovely racing weight of 10st 5lbs.
On His Own has six pounds less than Seabass and is one of two horses owned by Graham and Andrea Wylie, with Prince De Beauchene the other, both of whom are trained by Willie Mullins.
Mullins has five horses that are all likely to run in the race, while Western Charmer and Rivage D'Or may represent last year's winning trainer, Dessie Hughes.
Leopardstown winner Glam Gerry is prominent in the betting, as is last weekend's Navan winner and former Troytown winner, Jack The Bus.