Rachael Blackmore became the first female winning rider of the Grand National a week ago today after a sublime effort from the Henry de Bromhead gelding Minella Times.
After winning six races at the Cheltenham Festival, Blackmore raised the bar even more at Aintree as her mount saw off stable-mate Balko Des Flos in a thrilling renewal of the race – the first in two years following last year’s cancellation.
“It’s been such a whirlwind since it happened,” she told BBC Sport in the aftermath.
“I haven’t really processed the fact that I have won the Aintree Grand National. I’ve watched the replay a few times – but it’s still just hard to comprehend it all.”