Jockey Rebecca Blackmore keeps giving us reasons to applaud her breathtaking exploits on the racecourse.
Having won Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England on Minella Times, Blackmore enshrined her name in sporting history for eternity. She became the first female jockey to ever win the 4m+ race that can be ranked as one of the most demanding activities in all of sport.
The Grand National is the biggest horse race in the world and Blackmore’s just went and won it with a superb piece of riding over 30 fences.
Blackmore was in 2018 one of my 6 persons of the year for coming so close to becoming champion jump-jockey in Ireland. Her runner up was as good as winning given how competitive jump racing in Ireland.
Having earned so much acclaim for finishing last month’s Cheltenham Festival as top jockey you wondered what further superlatives could Blackmore pull off for the season.
In Saturday’s big race Blackmore had Minella Times in the right place throughout the 9+ minutes. A habit this young Irish jockey tends to do in all her rides.
The reaction of Blackmore’s win by race announcer Rupert Bell on Talksport Radio and his colleague Lizzie Kelly (a former top-top jockey) in the commentary box was radio gold. Just raw passion for the moment.
Winning the Grand National is no easy feat. It is never just about how good a horse or jockey is to win such a prestigious event. Some of the best horses and jockeys in British and Irish racing history have not come close to winning the National.
Blackmore is just unique. Full credit to Minella Times‘ trainer Henry De Bromhead for giving Blackmore the top job in his stable. The way De Bromhead talks about Blackmore is just respectful and mature.
Blackmore has simply saved racing given recent scandals and the pandemic. So this period of Blackmore mania is great for racing and all of sport.
So what else is there for Blackmore 31, to do in 2021?
Well, she is currently second in the Irish jockey Championship and has every chance to over haul leader Paul Townend before the season ends in a few weeks time.
Blackmore occasionally rides (& wins) on the flat as well, so don’t be surprised if this superb jockey has further success during the summer at Royal Ascot, the classic races in Ireland, England and France.
On 28th September 2018 Blackmore rode a winner on the jumps at Downpatrick racecourse and later that said day she went to Dundalk racecourse and won a race on the flat. A unique feat in modern horseracing.
Let’s hope Blackmore’s racing agent is on the phone to top flat Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien to get on a horse for her to ride in the Epsom or Irish Derby for June.
“‘I’m really quite emotional., You’re told from a young age that you can’t do it and Rachael has just proved that you can.
“I’m sorry I don’t mean to be emotional but it means so much and she’s such a nice girl. She really does deserve it.” – Lizzie Kelly, retired jockey