Grand National’s enduring charm embodied by stirring Worsley story

Grand National’s enduring charm embodied by stirring Worsley story

The Guardian

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Tabitha Worsley is aiming to become first female jockey to triumph in Grand National, four years after breaking her back

For the first time in two years but the 174th since 1839, a 10-minute steeplechase at Aintree next Saturday will seize the attention of millions around the globe, and for an illustration of why the Grand National remains the most popular horse race of the year by far, look no further than a 12-year-old gelding called Sub Lieutenant in the seven-horse Worcestershire stable of Georgie Howell.

It is not just the mouse-that-roared nature of Howell’s tilt at the world’s most famous chase that captures the imagination. Tabitha Worsley, Howell’s daughter, will take the ride next weekend, when she will hope to become the first female jockey to win the National – and even that, by some measures, would not be the most remarkable aspect of a victory either for Sub Lieutenant, who is expected to start at around 100-1, or Worsley, who broke her back in a fall in November 2017 but returned to race-riding just a few months later.

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