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AINTREE REWIND | Rachael Blackmore made Grand National history four months ago today

Blackmore became the first female jockey to land success in the National Hunt showpiece at Aintree – storming home with Henry De Bromhead’s Minella Times



Rachael Blackmore Minella Times
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To mark four months since her groundbreaking success, we take a look back at Rachael Blackmore’s finest hour at Aintree – onboard Minella Times in this year’s renewal of the Grand National.

The 32-year-old had a season to remember, becoming the first female jockey to win the top jockey award at the Cheltenham Festival after riding six winners across the four-day event.

Minella Times ridden by Rachael Blackmore clears the water during Grand National Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021.
Minella Times claimed Grand National success with Rachael Blackmore

She followed that up four weeks later at the Grand National Festival at Aintree, with arguably one of her best performances in the saddle.

After settling in midfield for most of the contest, Minella Times began to make headway after jumping over the open ditch.

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The eight-year-old began disputing second with Burrows Saint and pushed into the lead when clearing the last fence.

He began his charge towards the elbow and pulled away from his rivals with ease, claiming success by six and a half lengths.

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It gave Henry De Bromhead his first National success, while owner JP McManus claimed his second victory in the National Hunt showpiece.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.