Rachael Blackmore created history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to ride the winner of the Randox Grand National when completing a magical success in the world’s most famous race aboard Minella Times for trainer Henry de Bromhead and owner JP McManus.
The leading rider at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, Blackmore continued her dream season when partnering the eight-year-old to a wonderful victory from Balko Des Flos, Any Second Now and Burrows Saint.
In a watershed moment for the sport, Blackmore was at her brilliant best on 11-1 shot Minella Times, biding her time in the early stages before creeping into contention on the second circuit. The duo were in the lead over the last and and put daylight between themselves and their rivals coming to the elbow before holding on tenaciously for one of the most remarkable wins in the race’s history.
Victory also capped a remarkable season for winning trainer De Bromhead, saddling his first winner in the race with his sixth runner and after training the winners of the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, while it was a second win in the race for McManus after Don’t Push It’s triumph in 2010.