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Monday 5 December 2016

Katie Walsh lands the BoyleSports Irish Grand National

Jockey Katie Walsh celebrates on board her mount Thunder And Roses after winning the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Steeplechase. Fairyhouse Easter Festival, Fairyhouse
Jockey Katie Walsh celebrates on board her mount Thunder And Roses after winning the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Steeplechase. Fairyhouse Easter Festival, Fairyhouse

Sandra Hughes became the third lady trainer to win the BoyleSports Irish Grand National and the Herald's Katie Walsh the third lady jockey to do so when 20/1 shot Thunder And Roses landed the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse yesteday.

Adding to her impressive haul of big race victories for an amateur rider, Walsh was emulating her brother Ruby, her sister-in-law Nina and going one better than her father, Ted, in winning one of Ireland's most prestigious races.

"It's just amazing... I can't believe it." Walsh told The Herald. "It's fantastic for everyone, and I'd say Sandra and Eileen Hughes are more emotional than I am because it's been a tough time for them but it's fantastic for them."

In her exclusive column in today's Herald, Walsh explains how she was nearly going to be riding in Cork rather than Fairyhouse yesterday afternoon, while her brother Ruby commented: "Herself and Nina are just incredible and are unbelievable ambassadors for the sport. They are taking on the men on the biggest stages with no allowances. She's something else."

READ MORE: Katie Walsh: I never dreamt of winning the National!

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