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Pioneering Blackmore setting the bar ever higher

On Saturday afternoon Rachael Blackmore created her latest piece of racing history by becoming the first female rider to win the Aintree Grand National. Her ride on Minella Times was a perfect Aintree story – never far off the pace, saving ground along the rail and inching to the front at just the right time before decisively clearing away on the run to the elbow and having the famous race in the bag from there. For Blackmore – and trainer Henry De Bromhead – it completed a fabulous few weeks after their Cheltenham Festival heroics. She is now the undoubted ‘Queen of Jumps racing’ and a bright beacon for her sport after the dark clouds that circled over racing earlier […]

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