Bookies have slashed to odd of Katie Walsh winning from 100/1 to less than 33/1
Katie, 32 is the only woman in the 40-strong field at this weekend’s Randox Health Grand National and has attracted a massive number of bets from women punters.
The jockey is from a racing dynasty with her father Ted a trainer with a National winner to his name and her brother Ruby, 37, having won the great race twice.
She already a veteran of the world’s greatest steeplechase having ridden in four others finishing as high as third.
In 2015, the talented sportswoman won the Irish Grand National on Thunder And Roses and she is determined to be crowned the ‘Queen of Aintree’ and make sporting history.
Female punters backing Katie and her nine-year-old mount Wonderful Charm’s bid for glory, have sent their odds plunging from 100/1 to just 33/1 this week.
The jump jockey said: “I would love to make history here. This is my dream. It would be a fairytale and I’d love to be a part of it.
Katie will become the first female jockey to win the Grand National if she triumphs
“There’s a lot to happen and there’s a lot of fences to be jumped. You need a lot of luck. I’m looking forward to it again and it’s good to have past years’ experience under my belt.
I would love to make history here. This is my dream
“It’s all about trying to get on these horses in the first place and that’s the same if you’re male or female.”
Last month Katie finished second by a neck on Wonderful Charm in the top quality Foxhunters’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
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Bookmakers fear that if she does win the 30-fence, four mile race, they will end up paying out over £15 million.
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Paul Binfield, of Paddy Power, said: “We are seeing a lot of ladies cracking onto Katie Walsh as she is such a skilled jockey and is riding a great prospect. She was 100/1 but now 33/1 and the price keeps dropping.”
Coral’s David Stevens said: “No lady rider has come closer to winning the Grand National than Katie Walsh, after her third place on Seabass in 2012.
“Twelve months later punters put their faith in the pairing again and sent her off the 11-2 favourite, so we’ve had a flood of bets on her with Wonderful Charm.
The 32-year-old has become a favourite among female punters
“Her dad Ted has trained a National winner, and her jockey brother Ruby is a two-time winner, so she’s certainly bred to win the race.
“Ladies’ day at Aintree is usually on the Friday, but it will be a day later this year if Katie makes makes history and comes home in front.
“Victory for her would be one of the greatest National fairytales ever, and one of the most costly for bookies, with a payout of more than £10 million.”
Ladbrokes’ Nicola McGeady said: “Female punters are showing huge confidence in Katie Walsh becoming the first ever female jockey to win.
“Wonderful Charm has already been cut this week from 40/1 to 33/1. But the way the money is going, Walsh’s mount could go off much shorter come race-time.”
In 1977, Charlotte Brew made history as the first female jockey in the National, riding Barony Fort – who refused at fence 27 and stopped dead in his tracks. Since then, 14 more women – including Katie – have lined up.