Tipp jockey Rachael Blackmore becomes first female rider to win Grand National

By Colm O’Connor and Nicole Glennon

Rachael Blackmore has made history at Aintree as she became the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Minella Times.

Blackmore led home a one-two for trainer Henry de Bromhead, winning at 11-1 from 100-1 runner-up Balko Des Flos.

The 31-year-old Tipperary woman has become the first female to win the world’s greatest steeplechase.

The Irish jockey, who last month was the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham – on De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle – bided her time before challenging and leading two out en route to even greater glory at Aintree.

Aidan Coleman partnered Balko Des Flos – and Any Second Now was third for trainer Ted Walsh, with Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint finishing fourth to complete a clean sweep for Irish horses.

The winner was owned by JP McManus.

Speaking after the win, Blackmore said she couldn’t believe it.

“This is unbelievable.

“It is just incredible. I don’t feel human – this is just unbelievable.

Blackmore was full of praise for Minella Times, one of seven horses in the race owned by JP McManus.

“He was incredible, he jumped beautifully.

“When he jumped the last that I asked him for a bit, he was there.”

She also praised trainer Henry de Bromhead: “What Henry does with these horses, I don’t know!”

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