Leading Irish amateur jockey Katie Walsh reported this morning that she felt ‘100%’ ahead of her ride on Wonderful Charm in the Randox Health Grand National.

Walsh was unseated from Distime at the third fence in the Randox Health Fox Hunters’ Chase. She was assessed immediately after the incident on course by Aintree Racecourse’s medical team. From there, she was taken to Aintree Hospital for two x-rays and a scan, which showed that she had a badly bruised, rather than a broken arm.

Reflecting on the tumble, Walsh said: “I feel fine, a bit sore but I’m 100%. Initially, it wasn’t the fall itself that caused the bruising but it was a horse that came along behind me and he galloped all over me.

“I went down to Aintree Hospital and they were unbelievable. I got a x-ray and it came back all clear so we’re all good.

“We galloped down to the fence fine but my horse [Distime] just took off a stride too early and he landed on top of the fence and then speed took over and I was on the floor.

“I was on the ground and before I knew it, all of the paramedics and doctors were over and my arm was a bit sore.

“I was just sore straightaway and before I knew it they put the big screens up around me and I got a fright then, because I wanted to ring my family to let them know I was alright!”

When asked whether she would ride Wonderful Charm in the Randox Health Grand National, Walsh replied: “Absolutely. Hopefully, these fences and the atmosphere of the Grand National will spark him up a bit. He stays well and he’s a super jumper so I’m really looking forward to it.

“There is only one Grand National and to get the opportunity to ride in the race again is brilliant – everyone wants to ride in it.

“I’m privileged to ride in it as so many people never get the opportunity to ride over these fences.”

Walsh now intends to take up her intended ride on the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding in the Randox Health Grand National.

Sarah Elsley

Sarah Elsley is a freelance editor and proofreader who is the Junior News Editor for Eclipse magazine. She has a degree in English Literature and is a keen horse rider with an interest in fashion at the races and fiction writing.