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ONE WEEK AGO TODAY: Rachael Blackmore makes history in Grand National

A six-timer at Cheltenham was followed by Grand National glory for Rachael Blackmore on Merseyside

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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.

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.

WATCH: MINELLA TIMES AND RACHAEL BLACKMORE MAKE HISTORY IN THE 2021 GRAND NATIONAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“It’s been such a whirlwind since it happened,” she told BBC Sport in the aftermath.

Blackmore won three Grade 1’s at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Champion Hurdle

“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.”

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