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Rachael Blackmore makes history as the first female to win the Grand National

31 year old Rachael Blackmore has made history at Aintree by becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Minella Times.

The Irish rider was top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, where she won the Champion Hurdle, and crowned a fabulous season with an historic triumph in the world’s greatest steeplechase.

Blackmore said: “This is the Aintree Grand National. I’m completely blown away.

“I got a fantastic passage the whole way. Minella Times was unbelievable, he jumped fantastic, I don’t think he missed a beat anywhere.

“He was able to travel into a gap, I seemed to have loads of space everywhere and you couldn’t have wished for a better passage. He was just unbelievable, he really was, his jumping was second to none.

“I’m so lucky to be riding these horses for Henry de Bromhead. He trained a one-two there which is incredible. That can’t be forgotten in the whole scheme of things.

“It’s great to win it in these colours, too. It’s always a privilege to ride for JP McManus and to win it for him is unbelievable. They’ve had a tough year so hopefully this can make things a little easier.

“This is a massive deal for me personally, not the fact I’m a female. The thing that hit me when I crossed the line was that I’d won the National, not that I’m the first female to win the National. I’m just delighted.”

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