Fogarty fractured two vertebrae in his back in a fall in the
Topham Chase on Friday.
Walsh, the daughter of Grand National-winning trainer Ted Walsh
and sister of leading rider and twice winner Ruby Walsh, has
gone the nearest of any female jockey to winning the famous
She finished third on Seabass in 2012 and Ireland's champion
trainer Willie Mullins believes Vesper Bell has a chance at
glory despite being one of the outsiders at odds of around 66-1
in the 40-strong field.
"Few, if any of the experts appear to give Vesper Bell any
chance, I think he's probably one of the better longshots in the
race," Mullins, successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, told the
Racing Post newspaper.
Katie will not be competing against her brother with Ruby
recovering from a broken arm sustained at last month's
The 167th Grand National starts at 1515 GMT.
(Reporting by Justin Palmer; editing by John O'Brien)
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