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Grand National Ladies – Rachael Blackmore makes history as first ever female jockey to win Aintree Grand National

On Saturday 10th April 2021 Rachael Blackmore rewrote the history books yet again to become the first female jockey to win the Randox Grand National as she and Minella Times gave owner JP McManus a second win in the iconic race. Minella Times had been backed into 11/1 for the world’s greatest steeplechase after Blackmore …

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Three female jockeys already confirmed for the 2021 Grand National

Next weekend’s 2021 Grand National will be the 173rd annual running of the event and the field provides the best opportunity for a female jockey to win for the first time. There had not been a single female jockey ride at the Grand National until Charlotte Brew broke the stigma in 1977. And even since …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: ‘Incredible’ Rachael Blackmore hits six with Triumph Hurdle victory

Quilixios handed Rachael Blackmore her sixth victory of the week in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, which immediately prompted quotes of 12/1 for next year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle. His impressive performance also secured a fifth win of the 2021 Festival™ supporting WellChild for trainer Henry de Bromhead and a third for Cheveley Park Stud. Rachael Blackmore …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore ‘overwhelmed’ after fifth winner of the week

Rachael Blackmore admitted she was “overwhelmed” after claiming her fifth winner of the week aboard Telmesomethinggirl in the Grade Two Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. The daughter of Stowaway came home five and a half lengths clear of stable companion Magic Daze to give owner Kenny Alexander a second win in three days, after Honeysuckle’s …

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The Festival 21: Third win of the week for trainer Denise Foster in Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Win number three of the week for Denise Foster and Jack Kennedy as 3/1 favourite Mount Ida takes Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (Sponsored by the JRL Group). Jockey Jack Kennedy admitted he thought his chances of victory on Mount Ida had “gone out of the window” after just four fences of the Fulke …

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The Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore’s 4th Grade One victory at this year’s Festival in Ryanair Chase

Willie Mullins admitted he was “gobsmacked” by the front-running performance of Allaho as he cruised to a 12-length victory in the Ryanair Chase, giving jockey Rachael Blackmore her fourth Grade One success of the week. The 31 year old won the Unibet Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle on Tuesday, before adding the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle with …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore wins Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle aboard ‘very exciting’ Bob Olinger

Henry de Bromhead hailed the “very exciting” Bob Olinger after watching him win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and insisted: “He couldn’t have done it any better.” The trainer and jockey Rachael Blackmore, fresh from landing day one’s Unibet Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle, began day two of The Festival™ …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore makes history in Champion Hurdle

Rachael Blackmore made history to become the first female jockey to win the Grade One Unibet Champion Hurdle at The Festival™ supporting WellChild – then said she hoped it would inspire others to follow their dreams. Blackmore partnered the 11/10 favourite Honeysuckle, who becomes the sixth mare to win the most prestigious prize over hurdles. …

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