Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 22 February 2018

Katie Walsh ready to ride in National as she allays broken arm fears

 

Katie Walsh is unseated from Distime during the Foxhunters Chase at Aintree. Photo: REUTERS
Katie Walsh is unseated from Distime during the Foxhunters Chase at Aintree. Photo: REUTERS

Johnny Ward

Katie Walsh has confirmed that she will ride Wonderful Charm in Saturday's Randox Health Grand National at Aintree - despite an apparently serious arm injury she sustained yesterday.

It had originally been reported that Walsh would miss the race with a broken arm following a fall in the Foxhunters' Chase. It was expected that she would be replaced by Nick Scholfield on the Paul Nicholls-trained horse.

Walsh, 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.

It was feared that she had sustained a serious injury.

The rider, daughter of the legendary Ted and sister of Ruby, was stretchered from the course into an ambulance and taken to hospital for further assessment; initial reports were that she had broken her arm.

However, she told the Irish Independent last night that any worries about her missing the big race were misplaced.

"I'll be fine to ride in the race. All X-rays came back clear, so happy days," she said.

"Roll on Saturday - I can't wait. Thankfully it is just a bit of bruising."

Irish Independent

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