Rachael Blackmore has had a hell of a year.
She was the talk of the country with her performances a few months ago, with her exploits at Cheltenham one of the more incredible sporting performances you are ever likely to see.
Blackmore has missed quite a bit of action in recent times due to injury, but her return to Cheltenham this afternoon has certainly brought out the best in her.
She would win the 14:20 race at the track on board Gin On Lime, and while a winner is always something to be proud of, the manner in which she managed to come out in top in this particular race has rightly won the 32-year old a huge amount of plaudits.
With two fences to go Blackmore was battling it out with My Drogo for first place, only for the Dan Skelton trained horse to make a big error and unseat their rider coming over the penultimate hurdle.
This caused Gin On Lime to also fall to the ground, but Blackmore would pull off a miraculous recovery after managing to stay on board and lead it home to victory.
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Speaking after the race, the horse's trainer Henry De Bromhead said he could not believe that Blackmore managed to say on board after the incident.
It's just mad. You don't expect that to happen – it was an incredibly sit by Rachael. I thought it was unfair on the favourite after the way he jumped – his jumping was spectacular.
We have to take those and it's fantastic to get it in a sense. Rachael is just an amazing lady really. She probably didn't have as much momentum going into the fence on her and was really tiring. She'll get a big holiday after this and bring her back for the spring, we have the Mares' Chase in our minds.