Rachael Blackmore’s National
There were tremendous scenes after the Grand National this year, though most of us had to witness them from home. Rachael Blackmore rode Minella Times to victory thus becoming the first lady rider to win the historic race. Asked how it felt, she told ITV Racing, ‘I don’t feel male or female right now – I don’t even feel human, this is just unbelievable!’ It wasn’t that unbelievable though given her incredible record at Cheltenham this year and the faith put in her abilities by winning trainer Henry de Bromhead and owner J P McManus. Her mount was returned a respected 11/1 by the bookies for good reason, she’s a better rider than the majority of men.