Tribute to Rachael Blackmore as she makes history at Aintree
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.”