What is Rachael Blackmore’s chance in the Grand National?

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Anyone that has been following horse racing over the last few years will already know about how good female jockey, Rachael Blackmore, is.

The Irish jockey has sent shockwaves throughout the horse racing world with her performances for a while, with the 31-year-old carving out a rather special reputation for herself.

And, with the Grand National scheduled to take place at the weekend, could we be about to witness history by Blackmore, as she aims to become the first female jockey to ever win the Grand National when she rides Minella Times in the race at Aintree.

Cheltenham Festival was a huge success for Rachael Blackmore

For those unaware as to why Rachael Blackmore’s name continues to come up and why she is being heavily backed as a potential winner of the Grand National 2021 despite a female jockey ever having won one of the biggest racing events around the world, you only have to go back to last month’s Cheltenham Festival to see why there is such pandemonium around her name.

The 31-year-old had a week that could only be described as incredible, as she was crowned the top jockey of the week last month after riding a total of six winners, including five of them being raced at a Grade 1 level.

Her first winner came on Honeysuckle in the third race of the Cheltenham Festival, before winning the first and last races of the Wednesday on Bob Olinger and Sir Gerhard respectively. Blackmore followed that up with winners on Thursday with Allaho in the Ryanair Chase and Telmesomethinggirl in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) race.

Friday – which was Gold Cup day – saw her come second in the main event on A Plus Tard, but not before she won the first race of the day when seated on Quilixios in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Grand National 2021 chances

It has been confirmed that Rachael Blackmore will ride Minella Times for Henry De Bromhead in the 2021 Grand National on Saturday.

The pairing worked extremely well at the Cheltenham Festival and it will be interesting to see if she can make history yet again, as the ‘Jump Queen’ will become the first female jockey in history to ever be able to achieve that crown if she crosses the line first. Katie Walsh came closest in 2012 with Seabass when she finished third but no other female jockey has managed it yet.

Indeed, many bookmakers have already made her one of the favourites to ride Minella Times to victory, with many having slashed the odds prior to the meet.

Rachael Blackmore has form on Minella Times

Blackmore has form with Minella Times, which might be why so many fancy her to make history. The 31-year-old Irish jockey has ridden the horse in the last three races and has managed one win and two runners-up spots at Listowel and Leopardstown, with the most recent race having been last month.

She will have some competition, though, as she will go up against favourite, Cloth Cap – who is ridden by Tom Scudamore and is trained by Jonjo O’Neill – but if she can do what she did last month at the Cheltenham Festival at Aintree, then we could be about to see history be made.


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