Female Jockey to Win the Grand National 2012

Female Jockey to Win the Grand National 2012

Will Nina Carberry or Katie Walsh Win the Grand National?

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 year’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. Nina Carberry has married Ted Walsh Jr, Katie’s brother, so the pair are now sister-in-law’s competing against each other, which adds that extra spice. Can a girl win the Grand National? Nina’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 – 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 shouldn’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

Organisedconfusion 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 don’t have the greatest record in the race, and if he is unsuccessful this year, it wouldn’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 first female jockey to complete the Grand National on Cheers.  Three other female jockeys have completed the Grand National – Rosemary Henderson on her own horse, the 13-yearold Fiddlers Pike, when fifth at 100/1 in 1994, Carrie Ford filled the same position on Forest Gunner at 8/1 in 2005, while Nina Carberry was ninth on the same horse in 2006. Carberry also finished seventh on Character Building in 2010 and 15th on the same horse in 2011.


Nina Carberry, born on July 21, 1984, is the latest of 14 women (who have had 19 rides between them) to go for John Smith’s Grand National glory. The experienced Irish amateur, with over 200 winners, comes from a famous and successful racing family. Her father Tommy rode the 1975 Grand National winner L’Escargot, while her brother Paul carried on the tradition by partnering Bobbyjo to victory in 1999 (trained by Carberry senior).

Despite being unseated on Forest Gunner at the third fence in the totesport.com Becher Chase at Aintree over the famous obstacles in 2005, Nina guided the 12-year-old to ninth spot at odds of 33/1 in the 2006 John Smith’s Grand National the following April, becoming
the fourth female rider to finish the race. Paul also took his place in the race that year on Sir Oj who fell at the 22nd fence. They are the only brother and sister to have ridden against each other in a Grand National. Nina returned to the John Smith’s Grand National in 2010 after getting the call to ride Character Building. The John Quinn-trained grey had been purchased days before the race by David and Patricia Thompson, who had also previously bought the 1992 John Smith’s Grand National winner Party Politics on the eve of his victory. While brother Paul was left at the start when King Johns Castle refused to race, Nina got round on Character Building as her mount came seventh of the 14 finishers behind Don’t Push It. She reunited with Character Building in 2011, finishing 15th of the 19 to get around when becoming the first woman to ride in the Grand National three times.

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