Cheltenham Festival: Rachael Blackmore rides Allaho to victory in the Ryanair Chase


Queen of Cheltenham Rachael Blackmore rides another winner as favourite Allaho puts in incredible performance to win Ryanair Chase

Rachael Blackmore continued her fine week at Cheltenham as Allaho took apart a quality field to win the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.

Allaho was keen to assert from the off, going toe-to-toe with stablemate Min through the early part of the race before he eventually pushed on.

Blackmore took no prisoners on proven stayer Allaho, keeping up the searching gallop and building up a healthy lead turning for home.

Rachael Blackmore rides Allaho to victory in the Ryanair Chase on day three at Cheltenham

Rachael Blackmore rides Allaho to victory in the Ryanair Chase on day three at Cheltenham

The 3-1 favourite barely faltered up the straight, coasting home 12 lengths clear of Fakir D’oudairies, with another Mullins runner Tornado Flyer staying on for third.

Blackmore, who was notching her fourth success at the meeting, said: ‘It’s incredible, as a jockey when you’re getting legged up on these kind of horses for Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins, they just know their job. It’s fantastic.

‘He was just jumping and travelling, he’s a real galloper, that’s how I rode him and it was either going to work or it wasn’t and it worked. 

‘It’s fantastic. It’s an unbelievable position I’m in.’

More to follow. 



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