Author Topic: Rachael Blackmore wins the Grand National on Minella Times  (Read 115 times)

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Rachael Blackmore made sporting history by becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National with victory on Minella Times at Aintree.
The Irish rider scored a thrilling triumph aboard the 11-1 chance, trained by Henry de Bromhead who also saddled runner-up Balko Des Flos.
"I don't feel male or female right now. I don't even feel human," 31-year-old Blackmore told ITV.
Any Second Now was third, with Burrows Saint fourth.
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The 173rd running of the world's most famous steeplechase provided a story for the ages as Blackmore won in the colours of owner JP McManus.
Blackmore had already achieved a landmark success at last month's Cheltenham Festival when becoming the first woman to be the meeting's leading jockey.
She demonstrated perfect poise and timing to guide Minella Times expertly round the 30 fences over more than four and a quarter miles for victory by six and a half lengths.
The closest a female jockey had previously come to winning the race was Katie Walsh on Seabass in 2012 when she finished third.
"I cannot believe it," Blackmore said. "He was a sensational spin. It is unbelievable."
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First female jockey to win the Grand National, brilliant
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