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Tribute to Rachael Blackmore as she makes history at Aintree

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RACHAEL Blackmore followed her stellar Cheltenham Festival by becoming the first woman jockey to win the Grand National.

She gave 11-1 shot Minella Times a perfect ride to land a second win in the great race for owner JP McManus and a first for trainer Henry De Bromhead.

After partnering the eightyear-old to victory, the 31 year old jockey said: “This is so massive. I had such a beautiful passage around.

“Minella Times didn’t miss a beat anywhere. I just travelled and jumped everywhere. He was just unbelievab­le.

“I’m so privileged to be getting on these horses. I’ve asked both Ruby Walsh and Katie Walsh in the past about riding around Aintree and they talked about a semi-circle in front of you and I felt like I had that everywhere.

“That is what you need in a race like this, you need so much luck to get around with no one else interferin­g. Things went right for me today. I feel so incredibly lucky. It is unbelievab­le I’m just so thrilled.”

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 ??  ?? Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times on the way to victory
Inset: Jubilation after the winning post
Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times on the way to victory Inset: Jubilation after the winning post

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