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Blackmore Eyeing October Return After Summer Fall At Killarney

Blackmore Eyeing October Return After Summer Fall At Killarney

Grand national winner Rachael Blackmore is planning a return to racing as early as October.

The Tipperary jockey has been recovering from a tough injury suffered at Killarney in July, which saw her fracture her ankle and hip in a fall.

She was riding the favoured Merry Poppins that day in the Download The BoyleSports App Handicap Hurdle. She had won in the race prior with Baltinglass Hill.

Medics attended to Blackmore for almost half an hour that day, as she was taken into an ambulance and transported to hospital for surgery.

Dr Jennifer Pugh of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, said she was 'in good spirits' after the surgery back in July.


There's no doubt that Henry de Bromhead and co will be eager to have her back in the saddle on some of their champion horses.

"It's part and parcel of the job, unfortunately," Blackmore told RTร‰ Sport. "The recovery has gone really well and the doctors are all happy with my progress."

"I'd say I'll be riding out maybe by the end of the month and hopefully back racing in the next couple of weeks."

While an injury like Blackmore's is never wished upon, she's happy it didn't interfere with her stellar runs at Cheltenham and Aintree.

"I'm just glad it didn't happen in April or March last year," she said. Last season, she ended up on board of 92 winning horses.


This season, she's third in the Irish jump jockeys' championship, despite missing a chunk of it due to injury. From 103 rides, she has 22 winners under her belt.

The 2021 Grand National winner has come a long way since her maiden Grade 1 victory in April of 2019. That day she rode Honeysuckle to a win at Fairyhouse.

At Cheltenham in March, the 32-year-old partnered the same horse to a win in the Champions Hurdle, becoming the first female jockey ever to do so.

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