Top female jockey Katie Walsh is still hoping to ride Wonderful Charm in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.
It had initially been reported that Walsh would miss the race with a broken arm following a fall in the Foxhunters’ Chase and that she would be replaced by Nick Scholfield. But she says that she will be fit to ride in Saturday’s Grand National despite injuring her arm in a fall at Aintree on Thursday.
The 32-year-old— who finished third in the 2012 National on Seabass — was unseated from Distime at The Chair, the third fence in the race run over the National course, and appeared to be kicked by another horse as she lay on the ground.
She was stretchered from the course into an ambulance and taken to hospital for further assessment and first reports were that she had broken her arm.
Early reports suggested she would miss the ride on 33-1 shot Wonderful Charm because of a broken arm.
But Walsh tweeted: “All X-rays clear. Just a bit of bruising roll on Saturday.”
All x -rays clear! Just a bit of bruising roll on Saturday.??
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalsh9) April 6, 2017
Walsh finished third on Seabass in 2012, the highest-ever Grand National finish by a female jockey.
Her elder brother Ruby, who has won the Grand National twice, has missed four of the last seven runnings of the race because of injury.
Afterwards, Aintree officials said that all of the horses in the Foxhunters’ Chase, including Distime, returned safely after the race.