Walsh eyes historic Grand National glory after broken arm fears

A female jockey has never won the Grand National, but Katie Walsh is hoping to put that right on Wonderful Charm at Aintree.

Katie Walsh is a "bit sore, but fine" to ride Wonderful Charm as she targets Grand National history just two days after fears she had broken her arm following a fall at Aintree.

The 32-year-old from Ireland was a doubt for the world's most famous steeplechase on Saturday as a result of being unseated from Distime in the Foxhunters' Chase on Thursday.

Walsh revealed she has only sustained bruising after going for an X-ray, but must be given the all clear by a racecourse doctor on the day of the race.

And Walsh said on Friday that she will not pass up the opportunity to steer the Paul Nicholls-trained Wonderful Charm as she aims to become the first woman to ride a Grand National winner, having come third on Seabass four years ago.

"I feel fine, a bit sore, but I'm 100 per cent. Initially, it wasn't the fall itself that caused the bruising but it was a horse that came along behind me and he galloped all over me." Walsh told ITV4's The Opening Show.

"I went down to Aintree Hospital and they were unbelievable. I got an X-ray and it came back all clear so we're all good. We galloped down to the fence fine but my horse just took off a stride too early and he landed on top of the fence and then speed took over and I was on the floor.

"I was on the ground and before I knew it, all of the paramedics and doctors were over and my arm was a bit sore. I was just sore straightaway and before I knew it they put the big screens up around me and I got a fright then, because I wanted to ring my family to let them know I was all right!"

Walsh thinks Wonderful Charm, priced at around 33/1 on the eve of the race, has a chance of getting her into the record books this weekend.

"He stays well and he's a super jumper so I'm really looking forward to it." she added.

Definitely Red, More Of That, Vieux Lion Rouge and Blaklion are among the leading contenders for Grand National glory.

Michael 'Mouse' Morris, trainer of last year's winner Rule The World, saddles Rogue Angel and Thunder and Roses.

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