Katie Walsh

Date of Birth: December 18th, 1984

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Hannon (Ted Walsh) Gowran Park, October 10, 2003

Final winner: Antey (Willie Mullins) Punchestown, April 27, 2018

Significant horses: Thunder And Roses, Blow By Blow, Seabass, Relegate, Baie Des Iles, Foxrock, Thousand Stars, Poker De Sivola, Glen’s Melody, Tofino Bay, Battlefront, Dorset Square, Sweet Shock, Carrig Millie, Antey, Hannon.

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Youngest daughter of the well-known former champion amateur, trainer and television pundit Ted Walsh, Katie Walsh was a leading amateur rider throughout her near-15 year career in the saddle. She enjoyed a string of big race successes, including the Kerry National on the James Nash-trained Your Busy in 2014 and the biggest prize in Irish jump racing came her way when she won the Irish Grand National on Thunder And Roses for trainer Sandra Hughes in April, 2015, becoming only the third woman to ride the winner of race.

Three years earlier she rode her father's Seabass to finish third in the Aintree Grand National which was the best position attained by a female in the race until Rachael Blackmore won on Minella Times in 2021. Katie rode in the race on six occasions.

Katie enjoyed her first Grade 1 success when partnering the Willie Mullins-trained Blow By Blow to win the attheraces.com Champion INH Flat Race at the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown on Wednesday, April 28, 2016.

Katie rode three Cheltenham Festival winners, the final one being the Champion Bumper in 2018 on the Willie Mullins-trained Relegate. She had previously won the County Hurdle on Willie Mullins' Thousand Stars and the National Hunt Chase with Poker De Sivola, trained by Ferdy Murphy, in 2010. Katie rode 181 winners in Ireland, 8 in Britain, 3 in Australia and 1 winner in France. 

Katie took many by surprise when announcing her retirement shortly after winning the SalesSense International Novice Hurdle on the Willie Mullins-trained Antey at the Punchestown Festival on Friday, April 27, 2018. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2017/201810914161020€146,563€120,325€266,888
National Hunt 2016/201711513181612€116,875€128,613€245,488
National Hunt 2015/201610315131411€180,088€110,050€290,138
National Hunt 2014/2015100168129€339,050€35,015€374,065
National Hunt 2013/20141119121512€48,965€55,704€104,669
National Hunt 2012/20138710886€113,170€46,875€160,045
National Hunt 2011/2012108179812€213,900€66,443€280,343
National Hunt 2010/201114913172016€85,590€142,886€228,476
National Hunt 2009/2010116141197€166,670€60,096€226,766
National Hunt 2008/20091087888€69,450€26,500€95,950
National Hunt 2007/20081027294€57,400€14,855€72,255
National Hunt 2006/200712417151515€121,450€52,020€173,470
National Hunt 2005/20061122311812€208,770€35,180€243,950
National Hunt 2004/2005455111€39,900€2,550€42,450
National Hunt 2003/2004151002€10,500€1,600€12,100
National Hunt 2002/200360101€0€1,980€1,980
National Hunt 2001/200230000€0€0€0

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 26/04/18 Rio Vivas (FR) NHF 2m 40yds 4 12-0 Kildare Post (C & G) INH Flat Race €875
Punchestown 25/04/18 Masons Daughter NHF 2m 70yds 5 11-9 Weatherbys GSB EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race (Grade 3) Grade 3 €1,500
Punchestown 25/04/18 Relegate NHF 2m 70yds 7 11-7 Racing Post Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) Grade 1
Punchestown 24/04/18 Final List NHF 2m 100yds 5 11-7 Dooley Insurances INH Flat Race €375
Punchestown 24/04/18 Kerrkenny Gold NHF 2m 100yds 9 11-4 Goffs Land Rover Bumper
Limerick 20/04/18 Small Farm NHF 2m 3f 50yds 2 12-0 Twilight Racing 2018 INH Flat Race €2,000
Fairyhouse 01/04/18 Yukon Lil (GB) NHF 2m 3 10-11 Tattersalls Ireland Sales Bumper €10,000
Downpatrick 25/03/18 Oscars Den Hdl 2m 2f 165yds 4 11-2 119 Molson Coors Rated H'dle €900
Thurles 24/03/18 Two Shoe Tom NHF 2m 5 11-0 www.thurlesraces.ie (P-A) INH Flat Race €250
Cork 22/03/18 Court Maid NHF 2m 3 11-9 EasterFestival (LadiesP-A) INH Flat Race €1,000
Dundalk 09/03/18 Gloves On Hcp 2m 6 10-2 61 32Red.com (Q.R.) H'cap
Naas 25/02/18 Kildorrery NHF 2m 6 11-10 Paddy Power Acca (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Fairyhouse 24/02/18 Tidal River NHF 2m 9 11-13 Ian Smith Memorial (Pro-Am)INH Flat Race
Punchestown 11/02/18 Baie Des Iles (FR) HcpCh 3m 4f 150yds 3 11-9 145 BoyleSports National Trial H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €10,000
Naas 10/02/18 Major Fawcett (GB) NHF 2m 8 11-7 BOI Supp. Naas RFC (P-A) INH Flat Race
Thurles 08/02/18 All For Joy NHF 2m 2 12-0 Munster INH Flat Race €2,000
Leopardstown 04/02/18 Relegate NHF 2m 1 11-5 Coolmore N.H. Sires EBF(M) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €45,000
Leopardstown 03/02/18 Deal D'estruval (FR) HcpHdl 2m 2 10-0 127 Coral H'dle (Grade B) Grade B €20,000
Leopardstown 03/02/18 Bapaume (FR) Hdl 2m 8 11-9 153 BHP Insurance Irish Champion H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €2,250
Leopardstown 03/02/18 Minella Encore NHF 2m 4 12-0 Goffs Future Stars (C & G) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €3,750

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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