Racing: Carberry's to ride into National history
Thursday 30 March 2006
The Carberry family established its Aintree pedigree with Bobbyjo, the 1999 winner, ridden by Paul for his father, Tommy. On Saturday week they will break new ground when Paul is joined in the John Smith's Grand National by his sibling, Nina - the first time brother and sister have competed in the race in the same year. Nina has been booked for Forest Gunner, while Paul rides Sir OJ.
Last year, Ginger McCain's dismissed Forest Gunner's chances precisely because he would be ridden by Ford's wife, Carrie.
But not even McCain would dare be so impudent about Carberry. Widely considered the most proficient female jump jockey, last year she became the first woman to beat professional riders at the Cheltenham Festival.
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