Could we see history being made on Saturday with a female jockey winning the biggest horse race in the world? There is a certainly a good chance that could happen this weekend at Aintree.
For only the second time in history, and the first time since 1988, there will be three female jockeys going to the line.
The most experienced of the three is Katie Walsh, sister of Ruby, and who has tasted glory at the Cheltenham Festival and rode Seabass to third in the National in 2012, and this will be her sixth attempt at the Aintree fences and she is riding the well backed grey horse Baie Des Iles.
Bryony Frost, one of the up-coming stars of national hunt racing, is making her debut in the race on the respected Milansbar and is looking to follow in the footsteps of her father Jimmy – who won the face on Little Polveir in 1989.
The third woman who will be on track for the big race is Rachel Blackmore, who is also making her National debut, on-board Alpha Des Obeaux – who again is far from being a rank outsider.
“There is a real chance that a female jockey could take the honours in the world’s most famous horse race,” explained OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.
“All three are on very good horses indeed and we expected Katie Walsh’s mount Baie Des Iles to come in further, once everyone sees it is a a grey – and a good one, that naturally gets more money.
“But the other two are also well in contention, it is around 10/1 that one of them wins, and that is not bad odds at all.”
Selected Grand National odds:
Katie Walsh to win on Baie Des Iles – 16/1
Bryony Frost to win on Milansbar – 33/1
Rachael Blackmore to win on Alpha Des Obeaux – 40/1
Female Jockey To Win Grand National – 10/1