Grand National 2017: Katie Walsh fit for Aintree race despite fall

Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh is an experienced campaigner both in Ireland and England
Randox Health Grand National
Venue: Aintree Date: Saturday, 8 April Race: 17:15 BST
Coverage: Build-up and live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 13:00, with text updates and pinstickers' guide on the BBC Sport website and app.

Top female jockey Katie Walsh has been passed fit to ride in Saturday's Grand National despite injuring her arm in a fall at Aintree on Thursday.

The 32-year-old fell at The Chair on Distime in the Foxhunters' Chase and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Early reports suggested she would miss the ride on 33-1 shot Wonderful Charm because of a broken arm.

But later on Thursday, Walsh posted on social media: "All X-rays clear. Just a bit of bruising. Roll on Saturday."

"I am raring to go. It's great to be here," she told BBC Radio 5 live on Saturday morning.

"Wonderful Charm does his work late on in a race, which will suit him well here and I think the ground might suit him."

Walsh finished third on Seabass in 2012, the highest Grand National finish by a female jockey.

Her elder brother Ruby, who has won the Grand National twice, has missed four of the past seven runnings of the race because of injury.

Meanwhile, Daryl Jacob, who suffered a fall in Friday's Topham Chase, is also clear to ride in the National and will partner Ucello Conti for Gordon Elliott.

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