Nina Carberry has won the 2009 award for ‘The Outstanding Contribution made by a Lady to Jump Racing’.

Nina, daughter of two-time Gold Cup champion and 1975 Grand National winner, Tommy Carberry, has ridden three Festival winners (Dabiroun, Heads Onthe Ground and Garde Champetre).

Nina said: “I’m thrilled to win this award, especially as it comes at the Festival, which is the pinnacle of our sport. To be chosen ahead of the other nominees is a real honour.”

The candidates were chosen by trainers Sally Alner, Henrietta Knight and Venetia Williams, as well as former trainer Jenny Pitman and Founder and Director of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Carrie Humble.

Described by Cheltenham’s Communications Manager, Andy Clifton, as a thoroughly deserving winner, Nina is one of only four females in history to have completed the Grand National.

He said: “She is talented, personable, hard working and a great ambassador both for Jump Racing and for Ladies in sport.

“Nina also has a great record of success at the Festival itself, which is an added bonus.”

This year’s panel of judges consisted of Clare Balding, Ann Saunders and Gee Bradburne.

The award will be presented before racing, on Ladies Day, March 12, in the Winner’s Enclosure at Cheltenham Racecourse.

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