Rachael Blackmore hailed as ‘racing’s Ronaldo’ after winning the Grand National

Rachael Blackmore hailed as 'racing's Ronaldo' and a 'sponsor's dream' after making history to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National at AintreeBy Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:34 BST, 11 April 2021 | Updated: 22:34 BST, 11 April 2021 Rachael Blackmore has been hailed a ‘sponsor’s dream’ who could cash in as ‘racing’s Ronaldo’ after becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.Blackmore had already become a star in the minds of the racing public long before her six wins at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, including the Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle.But victory in the National, which attracted an 8.8million audience on ITV, could see Blackmore’s earning potential soar and make her winning payday of around £30,000 look like loose change. Rachael Blackmore has been lauded as 'racing's Ronaldo' after her Grand National triumphBill Esdaile, owner of marketing and communications agency Square In…

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MARTIN SAMUEL: Tough cookie Rachael Blackmore has changed 2021 in sport… racing is fortunate

Henry de Bromhead, the trainer whose successes this season are fast making him National Hunt's Aidan O'Brien, summed it up best. 'Aren't we so lucky to have her?' he said.And racing is. Rachael Blackmore has single-handedly changed the narrative of 2021 in her sport.Arguably she has changed the future and course of racing itself. Take Blackmore away and this would have been a year of outrage, of racing at a crossroads, certainly in the affections of the public. The impact of superstar Rachael Blackmore winning the Grand National cannot be overstated The 31-year-old jockey rode her first winner when she was an amateur more than a decade agoWhen Richard Faulds won gold for Great Britain in the double trap shooting at the 2000 Olympics, he was in tears on the podium, as much for his sport as for himself.In the aftermath of the Dunblane massacre in 1996, members of gun clubs and shooting enthusiasts became…

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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, April 12

Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, April 12By Sam Turner For The Daily Mail Published: 22:44 BST, 11 April 2021 | Updated: 22:44 BST, 11 April 2021 Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday's meetings at Huntingdon, Windsor, Wolverhampton and Redcar. Sportsmail's Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday's meetings HUNTINGDON  ROBIN GOODFELLOW  1.00 Rukwa   1.30 Getthepot 2.00 Exelerator Express 2.30 Cabot Cliffs3.00 Misstree Song 3.30 Go Steady 4.00 Stylish Dancer 4.30 Shantou’s Melody    GIMCRACK 1.00 Emma Lamb1.30 Undisputed2.00 Iconic Muddle2.30 Olympic Conqueror3.00 Misstree Song3.30 Go Steady (nap) 4.00 Mackie Dee 4.30 Samatian  WINDSOR  ROBIN GOODFELLOW1.40 Zoltan Star2.10 For Peat’s Sake2.40 Pleasant Man3.10 Going Underground3.40 Bimble4.10 Fiordland4.40 Sceptred Isle   GIMCRACK1.40 Spring Is Sprung 2.10 Aish 2.40 Pleasant Man 3.10 Going Underground 3.40 The Lamplighter 4.10 Fiordland 4.40 Heaven Forfend   WOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN GOODFELLOW 4.50 Swinging Eddie (nap)5.20 Masque Of Anarchy 5.50 Seas Of Elzaam 6.20 Puchita6.50 International Law (nb)7.20 Two Two Time 7.50 Artisan Bleu   GIMCRACK 4.50 Swinging Eddie5.20 Masque Of Anarchy5.50 Seas Of Elzaam6.20 Kaafy6.50 Termonator7.20 Greystoke7.50…

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GERALDINE REES: Rachael Blackmore’s Grand National win is so special and I’m thrilled for her

GERALDINE REES: Since becoming the first female jockey to finish the Grand National I've been waiting for this day... I couldn’t be more thrilled for Rachael BlackmoreRachael Blackmore's win was something everyone needed to see happenThe first female Grand National winner is an incredibly special day for racingIt's a shame Blackmore did not get the roar of the crowds alongside her win By Geraldine Rees For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:30 BST, 10 April 2021 | Updated: 23:31 BST, 10 April 2021 For almost 40 years since I became the first female jockey to finish the Grand National I’ve watched and waited for this day to come and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Rachael Blackmore.This is such a special day for racing, such a special day for everyone and something that we all needed to see happen.She’s made history for heaven’s sake and was I cheering her to the line? Absolutely I was.…

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OLIVER HOLT: Rachael Blackmore’s Grand national victory shows the glass ceiling has been shattered

OLIVER HOLT: Rachael Blackmore's historic victory at the Grand National shows the glass ceiling has been shattered by one of the great landmarks for female athletesRachael Blackmore's Grand National win has shattered the glass ceilingThe first female race winner has proved gender to be irrelevant in horse racingBlackmore’s victory was so special because of how iconic the Grand National isBy Oliver Holt For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:31 BST, 10 April 2021 | Updated: 22:31 BST, 10 April 2021 Rachael Blackmore said it better than anybody else ever could when she became the first female jockey to win the world’s most famous horse race. ‘I don’t feel male or female right now,’ she said after winning the Grand National on board Minella Times. ‘I don’t even feel human.’Maybe her victory was not a surprise after she became the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival last month but winning the Grand National still felt…

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‘She’s an inspiration to male and female jockeys’: Katie Walsh leads tributes to Rachael Blackmore

'She’s an inspiration to male and female jockeys': Katie Walsh leads tributes to Rachael Blackmore after her historic Grand National victoryKatie Walsh said Rachael Blackmore was 'an inspiration' to all jockeys Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand NationalWalsh, sister of Ruby, said Blackmore's win was 'just brilliant for horseracing' By Marcus Townend For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:32 BST, 10 April 2021 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 10 April 2021 Katie Walsh led the tributes to Rachael Blackmore’s achievement last night.Walsh, younger sister of dual Grand National-winning jockey Ruby, finished third on Seabass in 2012, which was the best finish for a female jockey in the Grand National before yesterday.‘I’m delighted for Rachael,’ said Katie. ‘This isn’t just pot luck or a fluke, she’s worked hard to get this. Katie Walsh (right) called Rachael Blackmore (left) an 'inspiration to male and female jockeys' Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the…

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Trainer Henry de Bromhead celebrates Grand National one-two… after doing the same at Cheltenham

'It's the stuff you dream about!' Trainer Henry de Bromhead celebrates Grand National one-two thanks to history-making Rachael Blackmore... after doing the same at CheltenhamHenry de Bromhead secured a one-two at the Grand National race on SaturdayDe Bromhead, 48, trained Rachael Blackmore's Minella Times and Balko Des FlosThe trainer saw the same one-two success at the Cheltenham Festival in MarchBy Marcus Townend For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:36 BST, 10 April 2021 | Updated: 22:45 BST, 10 April 2021 His stable jockey may have stolen the limelight but the Grand National result was also a remarkable achievement for trainer Henry de Bromhead.Being responsible for the first two home in the world’s most famous steeplechase thanks to Minella Times and Balko Des Flos would go down as a crowning achievement for any leading jumps trainer.But for the 48-year-old based in County Waterford it was merely the extension of an amazing month. Henry de Bromhead (left)…

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Rachael Blackmore’s historic Grand National win has made her a superstar who can transcend the sport

Rachael Blackmore was momentarily stuck for words as she considered the question, which had been posed by ITV’s Gabriel Clarke. It was during an interview that was aired on the first day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.‘Do you want to be a star?’ Clarke asked.Blackmore, with a faint smile, replied: ‘What is a star? To me, Beyoncé is a star.’It was a nice line, deftly turning the conversation away from herself. She is modest, humble and those who know her will tell you she is still the same jockey — and, crucially, the same person — whose first success came on board Stowaway Pearl at Thurles on February 10, 2011. Rachael Blackmore is modest and humble, and now a superstar pioneer of horse racing Her iconic position as the first female Grand National winner can make her transcend the sportAdulation might not sit easy but this 31-year-old from Tipperary has not so much broken…

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Grand National 2021 at Aintree LIVE: Race updates, racecard, runners and favourites

Grand National LIVE: Rachael Blackmore looks to write herself into the history books with on board Minella Times while Tom Scudamore aims to steer favourite Cloth Cap to victory... follow all the action on the final day at AintreeBy Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline Published: 16:15 BST, 10 April 2021 | Updated: 16:24 BST, 10 April 2021 Rachael Blackmore will be hoping to make history at Grand National as she bids to haul Minella Times over the finish line.Blackmore is one of three women aiming to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National, alongside Bryony Frost, who rides Yala Enki, and Tabitha Worsley - who is on board Sub Lieutenant. They'll be chasing Tom Scudamore and his favourite Cloth Cap on the final day at Aintree, while amateur jockey Patrick Mullins will attempt to win his first race in Liverpool with Burrows Saint.The main race begins at 5.15pm. Follow Sportsmail's KISHAN VAGHELA for live Grand National coverage,…

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Georgie Howell trained Sub Lieutenant to be ridden by daughter Tabitha Worsley at Grand National

Mother and daughter double act fit for the movies...Georgie Howell trained Sub Lieutenant will take part in the Grand National at Aintree ridden by her daughter Tabitha WorsleyThe Georgie Howell trained Sub Lieutenant will take part in the Grand National Should Sub Lieutenant win it will be Howell's first success as a permit holder Sub Lieutenant will be ridden by Howell's 26-year-old daughter Tabitha WorsleyBy Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:30 BST, 9 April 2021 | Updated: 22:30 BST, 9 April 2021 Georgie Howell sums up the Randox Grand National challenge of Sub Lieutenant perfectly when she says, 'It's very National Velvet! You never believe these things are going to happen.'Howell references the 1944 MGM movie when schoolgirl Velvet Brown, played by Elizabeth Taylor, prepares a wild but talented horse for the world's best-known steeplechase aided by Mickey Rooney's washed-up former jockey.The script Howell is working to is less outlandish but still unlikely. Georgie…

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