Search Search. Menu Sections. W alsh will be teaming up with her husband, trainer Ross O'Sullivan, and is confident seven-year-old mare Baie Des Iles can give a bold account in the Aintree spectacular on Saturday, granted the requisite luck in running.
Mount of top Irish woman jockey Katie Walsh shortening in the betting for Aintree showpiece
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Katie Walsh will have more pressing concerns than the weight of expectation on her shoulders at 5. Every year the National provides a human interest story. Walsh snr has already played his part in the fabled event, training Papillon to success in ridden by his son Ruby. Nonetheless he is caught up in the excitement, hence his reference to the film where Taylor wins a horse in a raffle and steers him to glory at Aintree. Off the track she overcame a severe stammer as a teenager and now speaks eloquently on television. Walsh has tasted some success in the National before, finishing prominently on Seabass, her first and highest placing in five attempts. Walsh is one of a growing number of leading female jockeys. Ruby Walsh , who also won aboard Hedgehunter in , will have to watch from the sidelines after breaking his leg again in a fall at Cheltenham. He believes his sister is taking the right approach. Monday — Sunday, January 18th — 24th.
Dual Grand National winner Ruby and sister Katie - who is the highest-placed female rider in the history of the Aintree showpiece - take on roles at Aintree Racecourse. During a hugely successful riding career Ruby Walsh landed some of the biggest races on the jumps calendar, including at Aintree Racecourse. He first shot to prominence when winning Grand National aboard Papillon - trained by his father Ted - on his first ride in the Aintree showpiece in A former Irish Grand National winner, Papillon landed a huge gamble when being backed down from to on the day of the race. He was led up by his sister Katie, then aged just
Katie Walsh born 18 December  is a retired Irish jockey who, in , came third in that year's Grand National on Seabass, giving her the highest finish for a female competitor. To date she has ridden three winners at the Cheltenham festival. She was previously successful in the sport of Eventing. Her first winner was Hannon at Gowran Park in During the Cheltenham Festival she rode her first two Cheltenham Festival winners. Walsh made her Grand National debut in She rode Seabass, who was trained by her father Ted Walsh.