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'I Don’t Even Feel Human' - Rachael Blackmore Emotional After Grand National Win

'I Don’t Even Feel Human' - Rachael Blackmore Emotional After Grand National Win

Tipperary jockey Rachael Blackmore made history on Saturday when she became the first female jockey ever to win the Grand National. It's been an incredible few weeks for Blackmore, after a similarly breathtaking run of results at Cheltenham.

Blackmore was riding Minella Times for Henry de Bromhead at Aintree and stayed in touch with the leaders before making a run for the lead with two fences to go. She never looked back and took a commanding win in one of horse racing's most famous events.

Speaking to ITV after the race, Blackmore was clearly stunned with the result and praised de Bromhead for his work in training Minella Times.

I just cannot believe it! He was an absolutely sensational spin. What Henry de Bromhead does with these horses I don’t know, but it’s…I’m so lucky to be riding them!

I just can’t believe I’m after winning the Grand National! This is unbelievable!

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De Bromhead deserves heaps of praise himself in the aftermath of the race, as second placed horse Balko des Flos was also a de Bromhead-trained horse.

It's been a special year for the Waterford man, who also claimed a winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Speaking to ITV, he spoke highly of his winning jockey.

She's just brilliant, isn't she? We're so lucky to have her. She's just - they broke the mould after her, she's brilliant!

Blackmore and de Bromhead will both surely be overwhelmed with plaudits in the days to come, but Blackmore was also full of praise for her horse, Minella Times, who pushed perfectly in the closing stages of the race.

He was just incredible, he jumped beautifully. I was trying to wait for as long as I could and, you know, I didn’t feel crossing the  I was running away.

When we hit the last and I asked for a bit, he was there and…it’s just incredible!

It was a special day for Irish racing fans, with an Irish jockey winning a historic Grand National atop an Irish-trained horse. Rachael Blackmore's closing words to ITV summed up the immense pride and emotion of the occasion.

I don’t feel male or female right now, I don’t even feel human, this is just unbelievable!

It's certainly been a superhuman few weeks for Blackmore - long may it continue!

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