Here Comes the Girls - Nina Carberry Handed Leading Grand National Ride
Leading Lady Jockey Nina Carberry was this morning handed a momentous ride in this Saturday's John Smith National when selected to ride strong contender Character Building in the famous race.
William Hill make Character Building a 16-1 chance to win Grand National - with Nina's jockey booking already proving popular with punters.
Nina ranks as just one of four women who have completed the Grand National course after finishing ninth aboard Forest Gunner in 2006. William Hill make her a 4/5 chance to repeat the feat and finish the race on Saturday, and 4-1 for a top four finish.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: ''Nina is the first lady of race-riding, and more than matches the boys for guts and determination. This is the greatest chance a woman has ever had in the Grand National - and history could be made on Saturday.''
As an added twist to the story, Nina will face off against her older brother Paul who rides King Johns Castle and Hills make her favourite of the two siblings at 4/7 to go further in the race.
Nina Carberry Grand National Specials
4/5 To Complete the course
9/2 A Top four finish
16/1 To win the race
Who will go furthest in the race? 4/7 Nina Carberry, 5/4 Paul Carberry
Record of Women in the Grand National:
1977 - Charlotte Brew lines-up as the first woman rider in the Grand National
1982 - Geraldine Rees becomes the first female to complete the Grand National aboard Cheers.
1994 - Rosemary Henderson finishes fifth on Fiddlers Pike
2005 - Carrie Ford finishes fifth aboard Forest Gunner
2006 - Nina Carberry completes finishing ninth aboard Forest Gunner.