Rachael Blackmore

Welcome to our profile of leading lady jockey and Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore:

Key Stats

Name – Rachael Blackmore

Date of Birth – 11 July 1989

Birthplace – Killenaule, County Tipperary

Riding Weight – 9st 2lbs

Big Wins: Aintree Grand National, Champion Hurdle, Irish Champion Hurdle, Ryanair Chase, Triumph Hurdle, Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, Punchestown Champion Hurdle, Champion Bumper, Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase and many more!

Rachael Blackmore

Jockey Profile

Rachael was brought up on a dairy farm in County Tipperary and learned her trade in pony club, hunting and pony racing.

While riding as an amateur jockey, she gained a degree in equine science at the University of Limerick.

Rachael’s first winner under rules was Stowaway Pearl at Thurles Racecourse in 2011 and she turned professional four years’ later.

In 2017 she became the first female to win the Irish conditional jockeys’ championship.

After being appointed stable jockey to the Henry de Bromhead stable, her breakthrough Cheltenham Festival winner came aboard A Plus Tard in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase in 2019.

She became the first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Festival Jockeys’ Championship in 2021 with six winners, highlighted by her Champion Hurdle success on Honeysuckle.

A remarkable season was crowned by her record-breaking victory on Minella Times in the Aintree Grand National.

Rachael Blackmore – Key Jockey Stats

She finished runner-up in the Irish Jockeys’ Championship in 2018-19 with 90 winners.

Blackmore bettered that total by two in 2020-21, finishing behind Paul Townend on both occasions.

Blackmore’s win percentage has gradually increased in line with her big-race success, rising from around 14% to nearly 18% in 2020-21.

Besides her sensational form at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals, she is always worth noting when crossing the Irish Sea.

Rachael Blackmore’s Big Race Wins

Rachael’s first Grade 1 winner was 50-1 shot Minella Indo in the 2019 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. The same combination teamed up to win the Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at Punchestown Racecourse.

Honeysuckle had provided Blackmore with her first Grade 1 in Ireland the previous month and would go on to win the Mares’ Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

2021 will always be remembered as Blackmore’s season after claiming the Ruby Walsh Trophy for leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival. Honeysuckle’s Champion Hurdle win was the highlight of her six winners. Even better was to follow when she became the first female rider to win the Aintree Grand National aboard Minella Times.

Rachael Blackmore’s Most Famous Victories

Blackmore and the brilliant mare Honeysuckle immediately bonded, winning a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in 2018.

Her impressive victory in the 2021 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle extended their unbeaten run to 11 races. It was the mare’s 10 lengths win in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown that convinced connections to go for the big one and she justified heavy support to beat Sharjah and reigning champion Epatante.

Minella Times was equally impressive when winning the Aintree Grand National, capping an incredible run of form for Henry de Bromhead and Blackmore. The gelding had been placed twice in competitive handicaps at Leopardstown but was yet to race beyond three miles. He made steady headway from midfield to lead narrowly on the home turn before powering clear of stable companion Balko Des Flos.

Rachael Blackmore Rides

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Summary

Rachael Blackmore will find it hard to top her remarkable achievements of 2020-21 but she is now established among the elite National Hunt jockeys, male or female.

The judgement, skill and strength she showed at Cheltenham and Aintree will surely lead to further opportunities and she is a jockey to follow with confidence.

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