Top Grand National Jockeys
In the fast-paced world of the Grand National, it is not just the horse who has the final say in success on the day; a good, seasoned jockey is also a decisive factor in whether or not victory will be achieved. Those looking for a successful racing bet at the 2011 Grand National would do well to pay particularly close attention to some of the most talented jockeys that the sport has to offer…
Unsurprisingly, starting at the top of the list is one of the most successful and well-known jockeys in the entire world: Ruby Walsh. He is a true ambassador for the sport in general and can never be counted out for any big event. Ruby Walsh is the son of former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh; he won his first title at the young age of 18-years-old, later going on to win the Aintree Grand National at the impressive age of 20. Walsh’s track-record stands as testament to his racing prowess; to this day he has over 1,400 winners to his name, with a whopping 17 of those coming in at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. 2011 will see him ride 2010 Grand National favourite Big Fella Thanks.
Tony ‘A.P’ McCoy is another of the sport’s biggest and most well-known names; he is seen by many as the greatest jump jockey to ever take to the saddle. He holds the National Hunt record for fastest ever jockey to reach his 1000th winner mark, making him a formidable name to appear on the track at any big event. His impressive list of racing achievements include victories at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and King George VI Chase.
Barry Geraghty is yet another top-class Irish jockey to watch; he has a comprehensive list of racing achievements to his name, ensuring that he will be tough competition for even the likes of Walsh and McCoy. In recognition of his efforts for the sport of horse racing, he has even been voted at the top of the prestigious BBC ‘Sports Personality of The Year’.