Rachael Blackmore’s historic Grand National win
Minella Times, ridden by jumps sensation Rachael Blackmore, won the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday – and she became the first female to win the famous race, reduced this year to 6600m.
Forty runners started the contest in which hot favourite Cloth Cap, ridden by Tom Scudamore, was pulled up after racing well in contention for most of the journey.
Speaking to ITV after her victory, Blackmore said she was ‘so lucky’ to have been riding Minella Times, saying: “He was just incredible, he jumped beautifully.”
When asked how it felt to be the first female jockey to win the Grand National, she said: “I don’t feel male or female right now – I don’t even feel human! This is just unbelievable!”
Minella Times is trained by high-riding Henry De Bromhead, who also took second place with rank outsider Balko Des Flos.
Last year, the event was cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic, with organisers opting for a virtual version in its place using CGI technology.
The first five to pass the post this year, were:
1st Minella Times 11/1
2nd Balko Des Flos 100/1
3rd Any Second Now 15/2
4th Burrows Saint 9/1
5th Farclas 16/1