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Ruby Walsh's agony opens door for Nina to make history at Grand National

By Ron McKnght

Ruby Walsh will miss the Grand National after suffering a wrist injury in a fall at Aintree - and will be replaced on Sir Des Champs by Nina Carberry.

Walsh was due to partner the Willie Mullins inmate in a bid to win the world's most famous steeplechase for a third time and leading amateur Carberry now gets her big chance to become the first woman to win the race.

Walsh endured an afternoon to forget on Merseyside, first coming to grief when riding 1-5 favourite Vautour in the JLT Melling Chase.

After suffering another fall from Blood Cotil when tackling the Grand National fences in the Crabbie's Topham Chase, Walsh did not take up his mounts on Bellshill in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle or Battleford in the concluding bumper.

It emerged he had suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist.

His sister and agent Jennifer Walsh said: "He has a small fracture of his wrist and a lot of bruising.

"It happened after the fall from Blood Cotil. He will see his own surgeon when he gets home on Monday.

"It's disappointing, but he's walking and talking and any day you can do that is a good day."

Mullins said: "It's been one of those days."

Walsh will also miss high-profile rides on Yorkhill in the EZ Mersey Novices' Hurdle and the brilliant Douvan in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase.

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