Rachael Blackmore became the first woman jockey in the 173 runnings of the world’s most esteemed steeplechase race to guide her horse – eight-year-old Minella Times – to victory over the most challenging obstacles in steeplechase racing on Saturday, 10 April 2021.

“I don’t feel male or female right now. I don’t even feel human! This is just unbelievable,” Blackmore revealed to the media after her performance.

The Grand National consists of two turns around an identical triangular course consisting of 16 obstacles of varying height and difficulty.

Riders execute a total of 30 jumps, 16 on the outer side on their first circuit, 14 on the inner side their second trip.

Her tactic on the first circuit was to stay off the pace, to lie back in good position and save her horse.

“I was trying to wait as long as I could,” said Blackmore.

“I am so lucky to be riding him. He was incredible and jumped beautifully. When we jumped the last (obstacle) and I asked him for a bit, he was there. He gave me an absolutely sensational ride,” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Rachael Blackmore became the first woman jockey in the 173 runnings of the world’s most esteemed steeplechase race to guide her horse – eight-year-old Minella Times – to victory over the most challenging obstacles in steeplechase racing on Saturday, 10 April 2021. Photo: Labour Party Irish Society (Twitter – https://twitter.com/labourirish/status/1380926794711367681/photo/2)