History-maker Rachael Blackmore becomes the first woman to win the Grand National

History-maker Rachael Blackmore becomes the first woman to win the Grand National as she leads 11/1 shot Minella Times to a comfortable victory at Aintree just weeks after dominating the Cheltenham Festival

Rachael Blackmore made history as she became the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Minella TimesThe Irish rider, who became the first leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival last month, timed her finish to perfection Blackmore led home a one-two for trainer Henry de Bromhead, winning at 11-1 from 100-1 runner-up Balko Des FlosAny Second Now was third for trainer Ted Walsh, with Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint finishing fourth to complete a clean sweep for Irish horses

Rachael Blackmore made history at Aintree as she became the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Minella Times.

Blackmore led home a one-two for trainer Henry de Bromhead, winning at 11-1 from 100-1 runner-up Balko Des Flos.

The Irish jockey, who last month was the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham – on De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle – bided her time before challenging and leading two out en route to even greater glory at Aintree. 

Female jockey Rachael Blackmore made history by winning the Grand National on Saturday

RESULT

1 Minella Times (R Blackmore) 11-1

2 Balko Des Flos (A Coleman) 100-1

3 Any Second Now (M P Walsh) 15-2

4 Burrows Saint (P W Mullins) 9-1 

Aidan Coleman partnered Balko Des Flos – and Any Second Now was third for trainer Ted Walsh, with Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint finishing fourth to complete a clean sweep for Irish horses. 

The Irishwoman, who became the first leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival last month, timed her finish to perfection as Minella Times surged ahead after the 30th and final fence.

Minella Times, priced at 11-1, never looked threatened in the charge to the finish 100-1 shot Balko Des Flos coming second and Any Second Now in third place.

The closest a female jockey had previously come to winning the most famous steeplechase in the world was Katiee Walsh on Seabass in 2012 when she finished third.

Next Page