Rachael Blackmore has continued her ascent to the top of horse racing with another famous day at the Grand National with victory on Minella Times.
The Tipperary native is the first female jockey to be crowned top jockey at Cheltenham Festival in it’s history. She has now become the first female jockey to win the Grand National with victory on Minella Times.
The Irish rider scored an emotional triumph aboard the 11-1 chance, trained by Henry de Bromhead who also saddled runner-up Balko Des Flos.
Blackmore told ITV Racing:
“I just cannot believe it. He was an absolutely sensational spin.
“What Henry de Bromhead does with these horses, I don’t know! I’m so lucky to be riding them, I just cannot believe I’m after winning the Grand National. This is unbelievable.”
Blackmore was full of praise for Minella Times, one of seven horses in the race owned by McManus – among them Any Second Now.
Blackmore added: “
He was just incredible, he jumped beautifully.
“I was trying to wait for as long as I could – when we jumped the last and I asked him for a bit, he was there. It’s just incredible.
“I don’t feel male or female right now. I don’t even feel human,” said 31-year-old Blackmore.
How Racheal Blackmore did it
Blackmore had a lot do to guide Minella Times around 30 fences over more than four and a quarter miles for victory by six and a half lengths, but showed great skill and poise to guide home the horse to seal a special moment in history.
De Bromhead at 1-2 for sealed his a treble by winning the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
It was brilliant to get it for the McManuses. I’m over the moon, Balko was super as well. Aidan was super on him, he ran an absolute cracker as well.
“It feels amazing, it really does. It’s incredible, stuff you dream of. I’ve been watching since I was a kid.
“It’s amazing, I’m just so lucky.”
He also added of Blackmore: “She’s brilliant, isn’t she? Aren’t we so lucky to have her? They broke the mould after her, she’s brilliant.”
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 10, 2021