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Rachael Blackmore Creates More History With Stunning Grand National Win

Rachael Blackmore Creates More History With Stunning Grand National Win

She just cannot be stopped at the minute.

Minella Times has won the 2021 Aintree Grand National, capping off a stunning few weeks for jockey Rachael Blackmore.

The Henry De Bromhead trained horse finished strongest in what was a very competitive closing section to the race.

In winning this race, Blackmore became the first ever female ride to win the Grand National.

Despite being a notoriously difficult race to predict, the Jonjo O'Neill trained Cloth Cap entered as a fairly short priced 6/1 favourite. However, every favourite had won at Aintree on Saturday up until that point.

Strong challenges were also expected from Minella Times and Willie Mullins' Burrow Saint.

66/1 shot Jett set the pace for the first half of the race, opening up a fairly sizeable gap at times. You got the feeling that they would be drawn back in towards the pack as the race progressed.


There was still eight lengths between the leader and the pack with a handful of fences to go, but the gap quickly shortened as Jett ran out of steam.

This is where Minella Times came into the picture, finishing the strongest of the challengers to pull off what was ultimately a fairly comfortable win.

This marked a third consecutive Grand National for Irish horses after Tiger Roll's victories in 2018 and 2019.

As for Rachael Blackmore, we have a feeling that she's only getting started.

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