In becoming the first woman ever to win the Grand National, Rachael Blackmore has brought much needed joy to the racing world.
Securing a clear victory in the 173rd running of the race, Blackmore became the first female jockey ever to win the £750,000 race and in doing so this 31-year-old from Tipperary has now been catapulted into the premier league of the sport’s history.
Speaking afterwards, modest to her core Blackmore remarked:
“I don’t feel male or female – I don’t even feel human!”
“This is the Aintree Grand National. I’m completely blown away. Minella Times was unbelievable, he jumped fantastic, I don’t think he missed a beat anywhere.”
“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.”
Now, in the wake of having also secured a historic six wins at the Cheltenham Festival, here is a lady who has truly broken glass ceilings. Next, with fellow jockey Paul Townend injured and only 10 wins ahead of her, it is quite feasible that Rachael Blackmore will win the Irish Jockey’s championship.