Grand National punters flocking towards Katie Walsh and Bale Des Iles

Bale Des Iles is becoming all the rage amongst punters with jockey Katie Walsh looking to become the first ever female jockey to win the Grand National

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Momentum is certainly building around Katie Walsh as she prepares herself for the 2018 Randox Grand National. Walsh finished third in the 2012 running of the race aboard Seabass and she will be teaming up with husband Ross O’Sullivan with the intention of leading Bale Des Iles over the finishing line in pole position.

Such a finish would propel Walsh into the history books as the first female jockey ever to win the Grand National, however she will be in for tough competition from the likes of Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost aboard Alpha Des Obeaux and Milansbar respectively.

Walsh said: “There is so much luck involved in a Grand National. It can depend on where you’ve been positioned throughout the race or whether you’re behind a horse who doesn’t jump well. There are a lot of variables involved.
“Every runner has a chance of winning the Grand National – you just do not know what is going to happen. We’re really excited about Baie Des Iles and it will be great to be a part of the race again – I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bale Des Iles finished third in February in a Grand National trial at Punchestown on ‘heavy’ ground and should the conditions prove similar at Aintree this weekend, Walsh doesn’t envisage this being a problem.

She added: “She has plenty of form on heavy ground, but she has a good action and I think better ground wouldn’t be too much of an issue, either. We’re counting down the days now, but it’s going to be a great experience.

“I’m looking forward to riding in the race again and especially for Ross.”