Cheltenham National Hunt Festival 2022: Blackmore Seals It Late

Well, what more can you say about the Irish jump jockey sensation Rachael Blackmore and her racing trainer compatriot, Henry De Bromhead, as they capped off the 2022 Cheltenham Festival with victory in the yesterday’s main event – Gold Cup (3 miles 2 furlongs) – on A Plus Tard.

De Bromhead  trained the first and second in the blue riband race with Minella Indo in the runner up spot thus reversing the placings with A Plus Tard from last year’s race. Some back-to-back achievement.

The Blackmore/De Bromhead combination had a high profile treble at this year’s Festival with Bob Olinger fortuitously winning the novice chase as well their flagship star Honeysuckle retaining the much coveted Champion Hurdle.

Blackmore was top rider at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival but later between July and October she was off the course after suffering a leg injury whilst riding in a race at Killarney, Ireland.

Even at this year’s festival Blackmore suffered a number of heavy falls but kept getting up and her calming ride on A Plus Tard was out of the top draw.

The unbeaten mare Honeysuckle’s 15th consecutive win just cemented her position as one of the great 2-mile hurdlers of modern times.

In a few weeks, the De Bromhead/Blackmore team will be heading to Aintree racecourse with the horse Minella Times to defend the Grand National they won last year. No one will be astonished if they repeat the win despite the heavier weight Minella Times will have to lumber for the 4 miles 2 furlongs marathon .

Looking to Cheltenham 2023 it is conceivable that the Blackmore/Bromhead combo will add more to their superlatives.

  • Honeysuckle and A Plus Tard must be clear favourites to retain their respective crowns.
  • Bob Olinger looks a possible target for next year’s Stayers Hurdle.
  • Envoi Allen looks to be recapturing some of his earlier promise when running a credible 3rd in the rain-sogging-fest Queen Mother’s Chase.

De Bromhead’s Irish compatriot Willie Mullins was top trainer at the Festival with a record breaking ten winners over the 4 days + three 2nds and seven 3rd place finishes. Mullins’ stable jockey – Paul Townend- was top jockey.

The best ride over the Festival for me was Danny Mullins (Willie’s nephew) on Flooring Porter who defended his title in the Stayer’s Hurdle.

The UK trainer for me was Venetia Williams whose recent record at the Festival had been below par.  Williams had 2 winners and 99% of her other horses ran win with credit. Her novice chase winner L’Homme Presse looks the UK’s best hope of challenging the Irish raiders at next year’s Gold Cup.

Rachael Blackmore -who won her first race as a jockey in 2011 – is a superstar beyond her sport yet grounded about her sterling achievements. She is the feel-good factor of Irish/UK jump racing. I am pleased that US race followers were able see her to win in the Gold Cup live on FOX Sports.

Blackmore may not have the global reach like many of her female counterparts in  more high-profile sports such as tennis and athletics but her exploits eclipses the lot of them.

The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival is one of the greatest events in all of sports. It is unique in its rural setting, the camaraderie between spectators and jockeys and the excitement that the 28 races bring to the track. 

Having the crowds back again after a year’s break due to the pandemic added colour and drama to the races.

Other sports would scramble to have someone such as Blackmore as its standard-bearer. As De Bromhead keeps reminding us in his interviews “we’re lucky to have her”.

Damn right.

Well, what more can you say about the Irish jump jockey sensation Rachael Blackmore and her racing trainer compatriot, Henry De Bromhead, as they capped off the 2022 Cheltenham Festival with victory in the yesterday’s main event – Gold Cup (3 miles 2 furlongs) – on A Plus Tard.

De Bromhead  trained the first and second in the blue riband race with Minella Indo in the runner up spot thus reversing the placings with A Plus Tard from last year’s race. Some back-to-back achievement.

The Blackmore/De Bromhead combination had a high profile treble at this year’s Festival with Bob Olinger fortuitously winning the novice chase as well their flagship star Honeysuckle retaining the much coveted Champion Hurdle.

Blackmore was top rider at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival but later between July and October she was off the course after suffering a leg injury whilst riding in a race at Killarney, Ireland.

Even at this year’s festival Blackmore suffered a number of heavy falls but kept getting up and her calming ride on A Plus Tard was out of the top draw.

The unbeaten mare Honeysuckle’s 15th consecutive win just cemented her position as one of the great 2-mile hurdlers of modern times.

In a few weeks, the De Bromhead/Blackmore team will be heading to Aintree racecourse with the horse Minella Times to defend the Grand National they won last year. No one will be astonished if they repeat the win despite the heavier weight Minella Times will have to lumber for the 4 miles 2 furlongs marathon .

Looking to Cheltenham 2023 it is conceivable that the Blackmore/Bromhead combo will add more to their superlatives.

  • Honeysuckle and A Plus Tard must be clear favourites to retain their respective crowns.
  • Bob Olinger looks a possible target for next year’s Stayers Hurdle.
  • Envoi Allen looks to be recapturing some of his earlier promise when running a credible 3rd in the rain-sogging-fest Queen Mother’s Chase.

De Bromhead’s Irish compatriot Willie Mullins was top trainer at the Festival with a record breaking ten winners over the 4 days + three 2nds and seven 3rd place finishes. Mullins’ stable jockey – Paul Townend- was top jockey.

The best ride over the Festival for me was Danny Mullins (Willie’s nephew) on Flooring Porter who defendedhis titlein the Stayer’s Hurdle.

The UK trainer for me was Venetia Williams whose recent record at the Festival had been below par.  Williams had 2 winners and 99% of her other horses ran win with credit. Her novice chase winner L’Homme Presse looks the UK’s best hope of challenging the Irish raiders at next year’s Gold Cup.

Rachael Blackmore -who won her first race as a jockey in 2011 – is a superstar beyond her sport yet grounded about her sterling achievements. She is the feel-good factor of Irish/UK jump racing. I am pleased that US race followers were able see her to win in the Gold Cup live on FOX Sports.

Blackmore may not have the global reach like many of her female counterparts in  more high-profile sports such as tennis and athletics but her exploits eclipses the lot of them.

The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival is one of the greatest events in all of sports. It is unique in its rural setting, the camaraderie between spectators and jockeys and the excitement that the 28 races bring to the track. 

Having the crowds back again after a year’s break due to the pandemic added colour and drama to the races.

Other sports would scramble to have someone such as Blackmore as its standard-bearer. As De Bromhead keeps reminding us in his interviews “we’re lucky to have her”.

Damn right.

Well, what more can you say about the Irish jump jockey sensation Rachael Blackmore and her racing trainer compatriot, Henry De Bromhead, as they capped off the 2022 Cheltenham Festival with victory in the yesterday’s main event – Gold Cup (3 miles 2 furlongs) – on the French bred horse A Plus Tard.

De Bromhead  trained the first and second in the blue riband race with Minella Indo in the runner up spot thus reversing the placings with A Plus Tard from last year’s race. Some back-to-back achievement.

The Blackmore/De Bromhead combination had a high profile treble at this year’s Festival with Bob Olinger fortuitously winning the novice chase as well their flagship star Honeysuckle retaining the much coveted Champion Hurdle.

Blackmore was top rider at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival but later between July and October she was off the course after suffering a leg injury whilst riding in a race at Killarney, Ireland.

Even at this year’s festival Blackmore suffered a number of heavy falls but kept getting up and her calming ride on A Plus Tard was out of the top draw.

The unbeaten mare Honeysuckle’s 15th consecutive win just cemented her position as one of the great 2-mile hurdlers of modern times.

In a few weeks, the De Bromhead/Blackmore team will be heading to Aintree racecourse with the horse Minella Times to defend the Grand National they won last year. No one will be astonished if they repeat the win despite the heavier weight Minella Times will have to lumber for the 4 miles 2 furlongs marathon .

Looking to Cheltenham 2023 it is conceivable that the Blackmore/Bromhead combo will add more to their superlatives.

  • Honeysuckle and A Plus Tard must be clear favourites to retain their respective crowns.
  • Bob Olinger looks a possible target for next year’s Stayers Hurdle.
  • Envoi Allen looks to be recapturing some of his earlier promise when running a credible 3rd in the rain-sogging-fest Queen Mother’s Chase.

De Bromhead’s Irish compatriot Willie Mullins was top trainer at the Festival with a record breaking ten winners over the 4 days + three 2nds and seven 3rd place finishes. Mullins’ stable jockey – Paul Townend- was top jockey.

The best ride over the Festival for me was Danny Mullins (Willie’s nephew) on Flooring Porter who defended his title in the Stayer’s Hurdle.

The UK trainer for me was Venetia Williams whose recent record at the Festival had been below par.  Williams had 2 winners and 99% of her other horses ran win with credit. Her novice chase winner L’Homme Presse looks the UK’s best hope of challenging the Irish raiders at next year’s Gold Cup.

Rachael Blackmore -who won her first race as a jockey in 2011 – is a superstar beyond her sport yet grounded about her sterling achievements. She is the feel-good factor of Irish/UK jump racing. I am pleased that US race followers were able see her to win in the Gold Cup live on FOX Sports.

Blackmore may not have the global reach like many of her female counterparts in  more high-profile sports such as tennis and athletics but her exploits eclipses the lot of them.

The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival is one of the greatest events in all of sports. It is unique in its rural setting, the camaraderie between spectators and jockeys and the excitement that the 28 races bring to the track. 

Having the crowds back again after a year’s break due to the pandemic added colour and drama to the races.

Other sports would scramble to have someone such as Blackmore as its standard-bearer. As De Bromhead keeps reminding us in his interviews “we’re lucky to have her”.

Damn right.

Future Looks Good : De Bromhead, Blackmore, A Plus Tard

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