Sisters fight it out for sporting history
Sisters will battle it out on the racecourse on Saturday, each bidding to make sporting history by becoming the first woman to win the John Smith's Grand National, and bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 11-1 that a lady finally conquers the big race.
2012 looks the best chance to date of a lady finally winning the World's most famous race, when two of the best female jockeys of all time line-up at Aintree - Nina Carberry is set to ride Organisedconfusion, who is a 25/1 shot with bookmakers William Hill, while her sister-in-law Katie Walsh will be aboard Seabass, who is priced at 20/1 with Hills.
Nina, who has completed the treacherous course each time she has taken part, at 6/1 to finish in the first four, while Katie, whose brother is leading Jumps jockey Ruby Walsh, is 4/6 to go further than her rival. Hills are also offering 100/1 for the girls to finish first and second!
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "Nina and Katie are two of the best lady jumps jockeys in history and both look to have great chances. A first female success in the National would be a groundbreaking event - not only for horse racing, but for sport in general"
And it doesn't stop there, not only is Katie's brother Ruby riding in the big race, but Nina's brother - Paul Carberry - will be competing, making the John Smith's Grand National a true family affair!
Nina Carberry Grand National specials
8-11 To complete the course
6-1 A top four finish
25-1 To win the race
Katie Walsh Grand National specials
8-13 To complete the course
5-1 A top four finish
20-1 To win the race
Who will go the furthest in the race?: 11/10 Nina Carberry vs Katie Walsh 4/6
A lady jockey to ride the 2012 Grand National winner: 11-1
A lady jockey to ride a Grand National winner within the next five years (up to and including 2016): 7-1
Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry to finish first and second (any order): 100-1