Rachael Blackmore is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing. In 2021, she became the first female jockey to win the Grand National.
I fail to understand the furore this side of the Irish Sea because the British media continues to identify Saoirse Ronan and Rachael Blackmore as British (‘From Saoirse Ronan to Rachael Blackmore, why does Britain constantly claim Irish stars?’ Independent.ie, Ciara O’Loughlin, March 24).
Not even a slight hangover could keep the smile from Rachael Blackmore’s face as she reunited with A Plus Tard and Honeysuckle at Henry de Bromhead’s training yard in Co Waterford yesterday afternoon.
Rachael Blackmore finally got to celebrate her history-making win at Cheltenham with a night out in Kilkenny on Sunday - but becoming the first woman to win the Gold Cup didn’t stop her having to reach into her own pocket.
As Rachael Blackmore steered A Plus Tard back to the winner’s enclosure, Cheltenham exploded into a superstructure-threatening roar. Atop her horse, the first woman to win the Gold Cup punched the air in acknowledgement of all the cheers and flung beers that marked her progress.
She goes to Thurles today, honouring a single ride booked for Mouse Morris and, rest assured, there will be no peacock feathers, no ego from the Gold Cup-winning jockey.
Rachael Blackmore was running out of records to break this spring. So maybe it’s just as well that a few are saved for next season, including the title of Ireland’s champion National Hunt jockey which has never been won by a woman.
It's been a year of firsts for Rachael Blackmore. The trailblazing jockey celebrated her first win at Cheltenham in March, steered home her first Irish Grade 1 winner in April and was well in with a chance of becoming the first ever female Irish champion jump jockey.
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