By 10 April, 2021 - 12:40pm 2 views
Rachael Blackmore made history this Saturday at the Grand National by becoming the first female yoke to win the race as she led the Minella Times across the finish line at Aintree. The Irishwoman, who became the first leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival last month, completed her finale to perfection when the Minella Times took the lead after the 30 and final hurdle.
Minella Times, averaging 11-1 She never seemed threatened on the charge until the very end with a 100-1 shot. Balko Des Flos came second and Any Second Now in third place. The closest a yoke had ever come to winning the world's most famous steeplechase was Katiee Walsh, with Seabass in 2012, when she finished third.
“I can't believe it,” Blackmore said. “It has been sensational. I am very lucky to be riding. It was just amazing and it jumped up wonderfully. I tried to wait as long as I could. When I jumped last and asked him for a little more, he was there ”he commented. “I don't feel like a man or a woman right now, I don't even feel human. This is just unbelievable. " Favorite Cloth Cap, ridden by Tom Scudamore, stopped at the third last fence. This year's race took place in front of empty stands due to COVID-19 restrictions.