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REACTION: Minella Times wins the 2021 Grand National

Rachael Blackmore followed up her Cheltenham Festival run with a superb win in the Grand National aboard Minella Times

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Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase during Grand National Thursday of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

Rachael Blackmore made history in becoming the first-ever female rider to win the Grand National under the Henry de Bromhead trained Minella Times.

Following on from her Cheltenham Festival glory, Blackmore exceeded further expectations when taking the biggest National Hunt prize of them all on Saturday afternoon at Aintree.

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

De Bromhead, who boasted a 1-2 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, also picked up the silver medal with Balko Des Flos under Aidan Coleman, with the Ted Walsh representative Any Second Now finishing third.

It proved to be a second victory in the race for owner JP McManus, following Don’t Push It’s 2010 heroics.

Blackmore landed six winners at Prestbury Park last month and took another step towards super-stardom on Merseyside.

Winning trainer de Bromhead told BBC Sport: “I’m delighted for everybody, it’s great for Rachael, great for the McManuses, it’s stuff you dream of and to win this race is just incredible.

“It’s such a tough game and Rachael had to do it the hard way, like all jockeys.

“She just kept winning on our horses and our owners were keen to use her so she rode herself into the job.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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