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Nina Carberry to ride Character Building in National

John Smith's Grand National, Aintree, Saturday, 1615 BST
Coverage BBC One/BBC HD/BBC Radio 5 live/online, with other races also across the BBC 8-10 April. National highlights: Sunday, 0030, BBC Two

By Frank Keogh
BBC Sport at Aintree

Nina Carberry
Carberry is aiming to become the first female jockey to win the National

Nina Carberry has the chance to become the first woman to ride a Grand National winner after being handed a ride on the fancied Character Building.

The highly rated Irish amateur jockey landed the plum spare ride on the grey as a field of 40 were declared for Saturday's race at Aintree.

Top weight Madison Du Berlais heads the contenders while 2009 winner Mon Mome is next in the weights.

Abbeybraney fills the 40th position but 2007 champion Silver Birch misses out.

Other hopefuls include the 2008 winner Comply Or Die, who was runner-up last year, and the Dessie Hughes-trained pair Vic Venturi and Black Apalachi.

The 10-year-old gelding Character Building, who is trained in Yorkshire by John Quinn, was bought earlier in the week by Patricia Thompson, of Cheveley Park Stud, owners of Party Politics, who won the 1992 race in General Election year.

Another Irish amateur jockey, Jamie Codd, had been booked to ride Character Building until the new owners said they wanted a "professional" jockey.

"Mrs Thompson said she was a huge fan of Nina and said she would like her to ride the horse if Tony McCoy, Ruby Walsh or a top jockey was not available," revealed Quinn.

Pipe confident in ability of Comply Or Die

"She asked me what I thought and one could only say that she was outstanding. Mrs Thompson asked me to book Nina so I rang to ask her if she'd like the ride and she said she'd be delighted."

Character Building will be 25-year-old Carberry's second National partner after she rode Forest Gunner into ninth place in 2006, becoming the fourth female rider in history to complete the course.

A year earlier, Carrie Ford had achieved the joint best finish for a woman rider when fifth on Forest Gunner.

Nina, who has ridden four winners at the Cheltenham Festival in her career, is the sister of Paul Carberry, who won the 1999 National on Bobbyjo, trained by their father Tommy, who won the National himself on board L'Escargot in 1975.

The last amateur victory in the Grand National came when Mr Frisk won with Marcus Armytage - now a racing correspondent for the Daily Telegraph - on board.

John Smith's Grand National entries Saturday 10 April, 1615 BST

1 01-3244 MADISON DU BERLAIS 9-11-10 (David Pipe) Tom Scudamore

2 1-P3463 MON MOME 9-11-10 (Venetia Williams) Aidan Coleman

3 211501 VIC VENTURI 10-11-06 (Dessie Hughes) Roger Loughran

4 151U-02 BLACK APALACHI 11-11-06 (Dessie Hughes) Denis O'Regan

5 5-50030 JOE LIVELY 11-11-06 (Colin Tizzard) Joe Tizzard

6 01-423P DON'T PUSH IT 10-11-05 (Jonjo O'Neill)

7 P002-00 COMPLY OR DIE 11-11-05 (David Pipe) Timmy Murphy

8 121-210 TRICKY TRICKSTER 7-11-04 (Paul Nicholls) Barry Geraghty

9 1-03520 NICHE MARKET 9-11-04 (Bob Buckler) Harry Skelton

10 2404P2 MADE IN TAIPAN 8-11-04 (Tom Mullins) Niall Madden

11 UPP/-21P DREAM ALLIANCE 9-11-03 (Philip Hobbs) Tom O'Brien

12 FU-3644 CLOUDY LANE 10-11-03 (Donald McCain) Jason Maguire

13 1P00-60 NOZIC 9-11-03 (Paul Nicholls) Liam Treadwell

14 53-2057 MY WILL 10-11-02 (Paul Nicholls) Nick Scholfield

15 3606-4F PABLO DU CHARMIL 9-11-02 (David Pipe) Danny Cook

16 P6-51110 BALLYHOLLAND 9-11-00 (Colin McBratney IRE) Andrew McNamara

17 0112313 BACKSTAGE 8-11-00 (Gordon Elliott IRE) Davy Condon

18 FP-1P1PP BEAT THE BOYS 9-11-00 (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Brian Hughes

19 100-000U0 PREISTS LEAP 10-11-00 (Tom O'Leary IRE) Philip Enright

20 1103223 SNOWY MORNING 10-10-13 (Willie Mullins IRE) Paul Townend

21 314F-016 CAN'T BUY TIME 8-10-13 (Jonjo O'Neill)

22 2U136-2U1 BIG FELLA THANKS 8-10-12 (Paul Nicholls) Ruby Walsh

23 60/144-P STATE OF PLAY 10-10-11 (Evan Williams) Paul Moloney

24 143301-00 CHARACTER BUILDING 10-10-11 (John Quinn) Nina Carberry

25 00-12100 ELLERSLIE GEORGE (IRE) 10-10-10 (Nick Mitchell) Christian Williams

26 02P5-011 ERIC'S CHARM 12-10-09 (Oliver Sherwood) Wayne Hutchinson

27 212/0-0000 KING JOHNS CASTLE 11-10-09 (Arthur Moore IRE) Paul Carberry

28 043545U CONNA CASTLE (IRE) 11-10-09 (Jimmy Mangan IRE)

29 2P-4P1540 BALLYFITZ 10-10-09 (Nigel Twiston-Davies) David England

30 F2-305467 OLLIE MAGERN 12-10-09 (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Tom Molloy

31 330-30U2 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 8-10-08 (Willie Mullins IRE) Paul Townend

32 02P-253 MALJIMAR (IRE) 10-10-08 (Nick Williams) Daryl Jacob

33 03-02312 THE PACKAGE 7-10-07 (David Pipe) Graham Lee

34 000-33010 PIRAYA 7-10-07 (David Pipe) Johnny Farrelly

35 U01-4U5 IRISH RAPTOR 11-10-07 (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Paddy Brennan

36 50PP/05-0 CERIUM (FR) 9-10-05 (Paul Murphy)

37 1P6-1420 PALYPSO DE CREEK 7-10-06 (Charlie Longsdon) Tom Siddall

38 11-035U00 HELLO BUD 12-10-06 (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Sam Twiston-Davies

39 P63/52-P FLINTOFF 9-10-05 (Venetia Williams) Andrew Tinkler

40 56/-33P5 ROYAL ROSA (FR) 11-10-05 (Howard Johnson)

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