Will Female Jockey Katie Walsh Win Grand National 2013?

Katie Walsh

Forty Grand National jockeys; Thirty-nine males, but there will be just one female riding in the Grand National this year.   Katie Walsh, third on Seabass last year, returns with her equine friend for a chance to go two better and acquire Grand National victory aboard her father’s horse.

With Nina Carberry absent, Katie Walsh flies the flag high as the sole girl in the face of thirty-nine testosterone-laden rivals. Victory for the girls would be sweet. Walsh is only the 15th female jockey to attempt victory in the world’s greatest steeplechase since Charlotte Brew’s history making victory in the race in 1977.
No stranger to top-level victory, Walsh was successful on two occasions at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010 when pushing Thousand Stars and Poker de Sivola home to victory in their respective contests, yet the one that got away needs righting for Walsh.  Third in the Grand National last year, the duo are back for glory this year.
A 10-1 second favourite for the race, Walsh has the added excitement of pitting her wits against her brother in the race, Irish star jockey Ruby Walsh. Twice a victor in the race, Ruby Walsh rides the favourite, On His Own, but can his efforts be matched by that of his sister?

 6. Seabass,  8/1 with Ladbrokes bet  10/1 with Betvictor bet

Seabass: This was my big tip for last years race and the combination of Ted training and daughter Katie riding caught the public’s eye for a nice story. Added to the decent pre-race form and a nationwide gamble the horse was backed down to 8-1. Everything was in the horses favour last year and the horse has been aimed at this race since he finished third. Three furlongs out there was no horse travelling better but I just get the feeling that his chance has gone and a similar position in this year’s renewal will be the most the Walsh’s can hope for. Jockey bookings have not been confirmed as yet and although Katie is more than an able pilot, she is not however.. Ruby and the only way I will change my view on this horse is if Ruby chooses the ride over his sister, he wouldn’t do that would he? Rating 8/10

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