Female Jockey to Win the Grand National 2012
Women also often like to back female jockeys. In recent years none have managed to trouble the eventual winners but this year women are spoiled for choice with two female jockeys riding in the race, both with really good chances.
Both Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry are riding in this yearâ€™s race, with both hoping to become the first female jockey to ever win the Grand National.
Walsh has had many fine moments as a jockey, most notably landing a lucrative position at the Willie Mullins yard and managing to ride a double at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010.Â Nina Carberry has married Ted Walsh Jr, Katieâ€™s brother, so the pair are now sister-in-lawâ€™s competing against each other, which adds that extra spice. Can a girl win the Grand National?Â Ninaâ€™s career as a jockey has so far been brilliant yielding over 200 winners and managing to complete the Grand National course the three times she has rode in the race.
Katie Walsh has landed the plum ride of Seabass. Trained by her father Ted, the gelding looks to have a major chance after some brilliant performances in Ireland this year, winning six races on the bounce. Ted knows what it takes to win a National as he won the race back in 2000 with Papillon, partnered by his son Ruby. He will be hoping Katie can follow in the family footsteps and land another National for the Walsh family.
Nina Carberry will be riding Organisedconfusion, the 7-y-o landed a typical Arthur Moore gamble when winning the Irish National by five lengths last April with Carberry on board that day as well and is set to play a big part in the English equivalent this year.
The current best Grand National prices are;
Seabass â€“ 10/1 with Paddy Power
The mount of Katy Walsh is sure to have the backing of many Irish punters after his performances around Ireland this year. Walsh has landed a plum ride in the race as recently Seabass won his sixth consecutive race, keeping on well under pressure to get the better of the classy Zaarito and land the Grade 2 Paddypower.com Chase. This was over two miles, and although is yet to win further than 22 furlongs under Rules he has won a three mile point to point so stamina shouldnâ€™t be a major worry. Ted Walsh has shown he can prepare a young improving horse for the National in the past, as he landed the 2000 race with Papillon. He landed a monster gamble that day and it will be very interesting to see what price the son of Turtle Island starts on the day, he will have his fair share of supporters and is a must for any shortlist. Rating 9/10
OrganisedconfusionÂ 22/1 with Stan James
Nina Carberry is aiming to make history and become the first female jockey to win the Grand National on board Organisedconfusion for her uncle Arthur Moore. The 7-y-o landed a typical Arthur Moore gamble when winning the Irish National by five lengths last April and is set to play a big part in the English equivalent this year. The son of Laveron has bags of stamina and will be staying on at the death if he manages to get around safely. There is the question of how well he will perform due to his relative in-experience in comparison to the majority of the field, as seven year olds donâ€™t have the greatest record in the race, and if he is unsuccessful this year, it wouldnâ€™t be a surprise to see him return next year to have another crack. Rating 6/10
Or if you cannot separate the females on merit, William Hill are offering 10/1 for either female jockey to win the race. Will a lady win the Grand National?
|Female Jockey Grand National History|
|1977||Charlotte Brew||Barony Fort||200/1||Refused four out|
|1979||Jenny Hembrow||Sandwilan||100/1||Fell first|
|1980||Jenny Hembrow||Sandwilan||100/1||Pulled up 19th|
|1981||Linda Sheedy||Deiopea||100/1||Refused 19th|
|1982||Geraldine Rees||Cheers||66/1||Eighth (last)|
|1982||Charlotte Brew||Martinstown||100/1||Unseated 3rd|
|1983||Geraldine Rees||Midday Welcome||500/1||Fell 1st|
|1983||Joy Carrier||King Spruce||28/1||Unseated 6th|
|1984||Valerie Alder||Bush Guide||33/1||Fell 8th|
|1987||Jacqui Oliver||Eamons Owen||200/1||Unseated Chair|
|1988||Gee Armytage||Gee-A||33/1||Pulled up 26th|
|1988||Venetia Williams||Marcolo||200/1||Fell sixth|
|1988||Penny Ffitch-Heyes||Hettinger||200/1||Fell first|
|1989||Tarnya Davis||Numerate||100/1||Pulled up 21st|
|1994||Rosemary Henderson||Fiddlers Pike||100/1||Fifth|
|2005||Carrie Ford||Forest Gunner||8/1||Fifth|
|2006||Nina Carberry||Forest Gunner||33/1||Ninth (last)|
|2010||Nina Carberry||Character Building||16/1||Seventh|
|2011||Nina Carberry||Character Building||25/1||15th|
In 1982, Geraldine Rees became the firstÂ female jockey to complete the GrandÂ National on Cheers.Â Â Three other female jockeys haveÂ completed the Grand National – RosemaryÂ Henderson on her own horse, the 13-yearoldÂ Fiddlers Pike, when fifth at 100/1 inÂ 1994, Carrie Ford filled the same positionÂ on Forest Gunner at 8/1 in 2005, whileÂ Nina Carberry was ninth on the same horseÂ in 2006. Carberry also finished seventh onÂ Character Building in 2010 and 15th on theÂ same horse in 2011.
Nina Carberry, born on July 21, 1984, isÂ the latest of 14 women (who have hadÂ 19 rides between them) to go for JohnÂ Smithâ€™s Grand National glory.Â The experienced Irish amateur, with overÂ 200 winners, comes from a famous andÂ successful racing family. Her father TommyÂ rode the 1975 Grand National winnerÂ Lâ€™Escargot, while her brother Paul carried onÂ the tradition by partnering Bobbyjo to victoryÂ in 1999 (trained by Carberry senior).
Despite being unseated on Forest Gunner atÂ the third fence in the totesport.com BecherÂ Chase at Aintree over the famous obstaclesÂ in 2005, Nina guided the 12-year-old to ninthÂ spot at odds of 33/1 in the 2006 John Smithâ€™sÂ Grand National the following April, becoming
the fourth female rider to finish the race. PaulÂ also took his place in the race that year onÂ Sir Oj who fell at the 22nd fence. They are theÂ only brother and sister to have ridden againstÂ each other in a Grand National.Â Nina returned to the John Smithâ€™s GrandÂ National in 2010 after getting the call to rideÂ Character Building. The John Quinn-trainedÂ grey had been purchased days before theÂ race by David and Patricia Thompson, whoÂ had also previously bought the 1992 JohnÂ Smithâ€™s Grand National winner Party PoliticsÂ on the eve of his victory.Â While brother Paul was left at the start whenÂ King Johns Castle refused to race, Nina gotÂ round on Character Building as her mountÂ came seventh of the 14 finishers behind Donâ€™tÂ Push It. She reunited with Character BuildingÂ in 2011, finishing 15th of the 19 to get aroundÂ when becoming the first woman to ride in theÂ Grand National three times.