Friday 21 October 2016

Celebrity Diary with Katie Walsh: Winning was great, but party will have to wait


Katie Walsh celebrates after guiding Thunder And Roses to victory in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse
Katie Walsh celebrates after guiding Thunder And Roses to victory in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse
Katie Walsh, celebrates with her father, Ted
Jockey Katie Walsh.
Katie Walsh

I had a great start to the week winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday.

It was absolutely wonderful to win and it was a great day.

It was brilliant for Sandra Hughes - who trained Thunder and Roses - because she has taken over the training licence from her dad Dessie, so it was great to be able to share it with her and all the Hughes team.

We weren't able to celebrate on Monday night because we had a busy week with Aintree this weekend.

I think we'll have to wait until after Punchestown before we can have a big party.

I came over to Aintree last night - it's a great festival so I'm looking forward to it.

Today will be busy because I'm a ladies ambassador at Aintree for the Women in Racing's Grand Women's Summit, which goes on throughout the day.

I'll be leading the course walk of the iconic Grand National Fences with a group of people in the afternoon.

Then there will also be a panel discussion about women in racing, business and sport in general, and there'll be an opportunity for people to ask questions as well.

I'm looking forward to that because it's easy to talk about what you know.


I don't have a special diet - I just try to eat healthily

People think that jockeys have really strict diets, but that's more for flat jockeys or a few of the tall lads.

I'm lucky enough in that I'm only 5'3" and I just watch what I eat like most people do.

I don't do anything special, I just try to eat healthily as much as I can and I go to Eddie Rockets or McDonalds the odd time like most people.


Katie Walsh with her father Ted

I'm lucky that the work I do is quite intense so I burn off what I eat but I try to get to the gym in the evenings.

We can't go out much during racing season, but once the festivals die down, I like to go out for a few drinks and enjoy the good weather.

I'm focused. The big wins are the ones you want to be getting, but you can just as easily have a bad ride which is a great leveller.

You're only as good as your last race - there's no room for egos and I would never lose the run of myself.

Thankfully I'm not that kind of person and my family and my husband would bring me right back down to earth if I was.


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