With the jewel in the crown of racing, The Grand National, just around the corner it’s high time we started talking about this prestigious event. There’s much old ground that could be gone over in terms of highlighting the history of the Grand National, but Betway and Katie Walsh have this year taken the angle of reminding us how far female jockeys have come over the years in racing, and the Grand National itself.
Following the well overdue passing of the Sex Discrimination in 1975, Charlotte Brew was the first woman to compete in the event (on 200-1 shot horse Barony Fort). What followed was 16 female jockeys total – and counting – over the following decades with household names like Nina Carberry, Katie Walsh, and Rachael Blackmore all competing in more recent years. Young girls are now able to dream that one day they may get to ride the winner of the Grand National and that can only be a good thing. Tune into the 2021 Grand National on Saturday April 10th.