Katie Walsh flies the flag for Grand National
Ladies Day is by far the best day of any horse racing event; nobody knows when we started donning the fanciest hats we could get our mits on – though it was probably 1711, the year Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne. Either way, it is always a good excuse to have a great time, dress up as glamorously as you know how and have a taste of some social prestige. This year the ambassador for the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, one of the biggest horse racing events, is the very lucky (and hardworking) Katie Walsh.
Katie Walsh was always destined to achieve great things in the racing world, coming from a family so interlinked with all things equine. Daughter of television pundit Ted Walsh and sister to the very successful Ruby Walsh, Katie Walsh has taken the tracks by storm. Winning two Cheltenham Festivals and proving herself to be the most successful female jockey in Grand National history (when she placed third on her horse Seabass) are certainly great feathers to put in her cap, but we will surely be seeing something a bit more fabulous protruding from her hat this year.
As ambassador for the event, we will see Katie taking part in promotional activities for the race meet. Alongside advertising and social media campaigns, she will be writing her own blog on the official Aintree website and she certainly seems excited to have been offered the role.
“The Grand National is the greatest steeplechase in the world and has always been close to my heart, especially with the great run of Seabass in 2012. Grand National Ladies Day is a great day with high-class fashion as well as top-quality Grade 1 racing, so I’m keen to do what I can to help and I look forward to working with the team and riding at Aintree in April.”
As well as working as the ambassador, she will also be taking to the saddle as the only woman in this year’s Grand National event, so here’s hoping Lady Luck will be on her side.
Of course Katie will not be the only woman taking part in this year’s event; even if she is the only lady on horseback, the magnificent Clare Balding will of course be presenting the event on Channel4 Racing and we mustn’t forget the all the brilliant ladies, such as Lucinda Russel, who train all of these beautiful creatures.