‘She is quite simply the best jockey around, male or female’: Racing fans heap praise on Rachael Blackmore after becoming first woman to win Champions Hurdle at Cheltenham as she earns £189,000 by guiding Honeysuckle to victory
- Rachael Blackmore has been lauded by fans after making history at Cheltenham
- The jockey became the first female winner of championship race on Tuesday
- Social media lavished praise on her for guiding Honeysuckle past the finish line
- Some called her ‘the best jockey around’ and said she ‘destroyed the field’
Rachael Blackmore has received a ringing endorsement on social media after she became the first female winner of a championship race at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
The jockey ran the unbeaten Honeysuckle to victory at the Champions Hurdle, winning £189,000 prize money in the process, with the 11-10 favourite seeing off stiff competition from Sharjah – who came second in the race for the second time in succession – and last year’s winner Epatante, who stayed on late to take third.
And after making history with her heroics, racing fans were full of superlatives to describe Blackmore’s efforts, with racing fans admitting their shock at her achievement and calling her ‘the best jockey around’ after beating her male rivals.
Rachael Blackmore celebrates after her historic victory aboard Honeysuckle at Cheltenham
Blackmore became the first female jockey to ever win the Champions Hurdle race
One wrote: ‘Rachel Blackmore is quite simply the best jockey around at the moment male or female anyone who says otherwise is wrong…. Bryony Frost can only dream of being half as good as Rachel Blackmore !!’
Another said: ‘Rachel Blackmore isn’t ‘one of the best female jockeys’, she’s one of the best full stop!’
‘A woman constantly competing and beating men on level terms. Incredible Rachel Blackmore!’ read another tribute.
One fan hailed Blackmore for ‘carving her name into folklore’ and another said she had produced ‘a devastatingly brilliant’ display to ‘lift racing out of the doldrums’.
Racing fans hailed her ‘devastatingly brilliant performance’ at Cheltenham on social media
‘And Rachel Blackmore gallops into the history books,’ read the post. ‘What a stunning ride she gave Honeysuckle. I’m so, so happy she carved her name into racing folklore on a great mare. it could not be more perfect.’
Looking in disbelief after winning the Champions Hurdle, Blackmore said she was ‘speechless’ after her ‘incredible’ achievement and paid tribute to trainer Henry de Bromhead.
‘Absolutely incredible – I’m speechless to be honest,’ she told ITV Racing.
‘I really am. I can’t believe we just won a Champion Hurdle – it’s incredible.
‘I hope (owner) Kenny Alexander is getting a kick out of this at home – I’m sure he is, and (racing manager) Peter Molony.
Blackmore admitted she was ‘speechless’ after her heroics made history at Cheltenham
Honeysuckle’s trainer Henry De Bromhead praised the jockey for staying cool to make history
‘It’s unbelievable for everyone at the yard – they all work so hard. Henry just produces her every day in that form – and I get to steer her round.
‘She’s so straightforward to ride. When you know you’ve an engine under you it’s very easy to do things in a race.’
Top Irish trainer De Bromhead was also winning the race for the first time as he hailed Blackmore for staying ‘so cool’ on the racecourse.
He said: ‘It sounds amazing – it’s the stuff you dream of. I never thought that would happen – it’s amazing.
‘She’s an amazing mare. We’ve said it all – she’s just incredible.
‘What a partnership she and Rachael have. Rachael was amazing – I thought she was so cool throughout the race.’