Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National as her glory year continues. The Irish star shone at Cheltenham Festival last month and she has gone one better by claiming the biggest prize of them all.
Blackmore bided her time as Jett led for the majority of the race after opening up an eight-length gap at the front.
But as the leader began to fall away Blackmore got herself ahead of the leading pack and turned on the burners after jumping the final fence.
“I just cannot believe it,” Blackmore said. “He was absolutely sensational.
“I am so lucky to be riding them and I can’t believe I have won the Grand National.
“He was just incredibly. He jumped beautiful. When we jumped the last and I asked him for a bit he was there.
“I don’t feel male or female right now, this is just out of this world.”
Former Gold Cup-winning jockey Andrew Thornton said: “Rachael Blackmore did not turn professional until the age of 26 and on the big stage she has got ice running through her veins.
“The horse didn’t miss a beat all around, what a performance.
“It is phenomenal for the sport and going to take the sport to a different level.”
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