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Katie, Bryony and Rachael have history in their sights

By Nick Robson

Katie Walsh, Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore all line up in the Grand National today - but the prize on offer to them at Aintree is greater than the £500,000 winner's cheque.

This will be the 189th running of the big race - and it is the first time since 1988 that as many as three female jockeys will compete - but a female rider has yet to pass the post first.

Walsh posted the best result yet from a female rider when finishing third back in 2012 and appears to have a leading chance again as she teams up with husband Ross O'Sullivan with the gambled-on Baie Des Iles.

She said: "We're hoping she will take to the fences and she is a really solid jumper.

"It's always very difficult to have a horse for the Grand National, but she has an attractive profile and is relatively unexposed."

While Walsh is no stranger to the National challenge, Frost will be having her first spin in the big race following a landmark season that included Grade One success at Christmas.

She teams up with Milansbar, who is following in the hoofprints of last year's winner One For Arthur after claiming the Classic Chase at Warwick on what has been his only start with Frost in the plate.

Frost said: "He's intelligent, he decides what to do with his stride. He would be more tentative than brave, which is exactly what you need because a brave horse could land on top of it.

"As long as he's thinking for me and I can keep him happy and in a rhythm, then (you need) a lot of luck and you can see where you go. You have to be on the same page and that's what gives you so much of the buzz."

Frost is no stranger to the National obstacles, having finished fourth in the Foxhunters last year, and she can also draw upon the experience of her father Jimmy, who won the big race in 1989 on Little Polveir.

She said: "It's a massive plus for me (to talk to her father) because dad has been there and knows what it takes.

"A few people have done it (won on first ride) - dad did it."

It will be Blackmore's first visit to Aintree after getting the call to ride Alpha Des Obeaux.

Blackmore said: "I'm very excited and very grateful to get the opportunity."

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