THE Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world. But since the inaugural contest in 1839 – won by Lottery – just 17 female jockeys have been given the chance to negotiate the iconic Aintree fences.
In a new animated video, Betway ambassador Katie Walsh – who boasts the best finish for a female jockey after finishing third on Seabass in 2012 – narrates the history of female achievements. Watch it here.
• Charlotte Brew, the first woman to take part in 1977
• Geraldine Rees becoming the first female jockey to finish in 1982
• Rosemary Henderson’s fifth-placed finish on Fiddlers Pike in 1994
• Carrie Ford following suit on Forest Gunner in 2005
• Walsh and her sister-in-law Nina Carberry flying the flag between 2006 and 2017
• Her own record-breaking performance on Seabass in 2012
This year Rachael Blackmore, Bryony Frost and Tabitha Worsley will ride in the great race. Surely it is only a matter of time before a woman steers her steed to National glory.
For more details visit the Betway website.