Rachael Blackmore made history by becoming the first woman to ride the winner of the Randox Grand National, as she took victory on Minella Times at Aintree.
In the 173rd annual race, the Irish rider triumphed aboard the 11-1 Minella Time. The Grand National is one of the world’s most famous race. Minella Times is trained by Henry de Bromhead and owned by JP McManus.
“I don’t feel male or female right now. I don’t even feel human,” said 31-year-old Blackmore.
Blackmore continued her dream season after she was the leading rider at last month’s Cheltenham Festival – where she rode SIX winners. This was the first time a woman ended the festival as the leading jockey.
Blackmore was in brilliant form as she guided Minella Times expertly over the 30 fences to claim the win by six and a half lengths.
“I cannot believe it,” said an ecstatic Blackmore. “He gave me an absolutely sensational spin. I’m so lucky to be riding him and I can’t believe we’ve just won the Grand National, it’s unbelievable.
“He was incredible and jumped beautifully and I was trying to wait for as long as I could. When we jumped the last and I asked him for a bit he was there. I don’t feel male or female right now, I don’t even feel human! This is just unbelievable.”