List of female Grand National jockeys

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Since 1977, female jockeys have been allowed in the Grand National horse race since the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. A total of 16 female jockeys have entered the Grand National since then.

Charlotte Brew on her horse, Barony Fort, was the first female to compete in the race, in 1977. In 1982 Geraldine Rees became the first woman to complete the course. She rode Cheers to eighth (and last) place. That time, Brew returned with her horse Martinstown; this was the first Grand National with two female jockeys entering.

In 1988, female attendance was at an all-time high, as three females entered for the first time. Penny Ffitch-Heyes, Venetia Williams and Gee Armytage all started the race. Neither of their horses made the finish.

In 2005, after an absence of 11 years, there was once again a woman entering the Grand National, this time the race saw female jockey Carrie Ford finish in fifth, then the joint-best performance by a woman. She shared the record with Rosemary Henderson, the last female jockey to start the race.

In 2012 the first female jockey to finish in the top three was Katie Walsh on Seabass, and she broke the record for the highest finish for a woman.

Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh have both started six Grand Nationals, a joint record for a woman.

Female jockeys[edit]

Year Jockey Horse Position
1977 Charlotte Brew Barony Fort Did not finish (horse refused)
1979 Jenny Hembrow Sandwilan Did not finish (horse fell)
1980 Jenny Hembrow (2)[1] Sandwillan (2) Did not finish (horse refused)
1981 Linda Sheedy Deiopea Did not finish (horse refused)
1982 Geraldine Rees Cheers 8th
1982 Charlotte Brew (2) Martinstown Did not finish (unseated)
1983 Geraldine Rees (2) Midday Welcome Did not finish (horse fell)
1983 Joy Carrier King Spruce Did not finish (unseated)
1984 Valerie Alder Bush Guide Did not finish (horse fell)
1987 Jacqui Oliver[2] Eamon's Owen Did not finish (unseated)
1988 Penny Ffitch-Heyes Hettinger Did not finish (horse fell)
1988 Venetia Williams[3] Marcolo Did not finish (horse fell)
1988 Gee Armytage[4] Gee-A Did not finish (pulled up)
1989 Tarnya Davis[5] Numerate Did not finish (pulled up)
1994 Rosemary Henderson Fiddlers Pike 5th
2005 Carrie Ford Forest Gunner 5th
2006 Nina Carberry[6] Forest Gunner (2) 9th
2010 Nina Carberry (2) Character Building 7th
2011 Nina Carberry (3) Character Building (2) 15th
2012 Katie Walsh Seabass 3rd
2012 Nina Carberry (4) Organisedconfusion Did not finish (unseated)
2013 Katie Walsh (2) Seabass (2) 13th
2014 Katie Walsh (3) Vesper Bell 13th
2015 Nina Carberry (5) First Lieutenant 16th
2016 Nina Carberry (6) Sir Des Champs Did not finish (unseated)
2016 Katie Walsh (4) Ballycasey Did not finish (unseated)
2017 Katie Walsh (5) Wonderful Charm 19th
2018 Bryony Frost Milansbar 5th
2018 Katie Walsh (6) Baie Des Iles 12th
2018 Rachael Blackmore Alpha Des Obeaux Did not finish (horse fell)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Jenny Hembrow". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Jacqui Oliver". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Venetia Williams". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  4. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Gee Armatyge". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  5. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Tarnya Davis". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  6. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Nina Carberry". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 October 2015.

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