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Rachael Blackmore Jockey - Rides, records, statistics, winners and earnings

Rachael Blackmore is the most recognisable name, face and talent representing women in the very top echelons of National Hunt racing.

She has won the Grand National at Aintree, making worldwide headlines in doing so, and is the only female to be crowned leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival.

Her profile has soared in recent years due to the sheer consistency of her brilliance on the sport's biggest stages and she has become an icon for girls to look up to.

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Who is Rachael Blackmore?

Rachael Blackmore is, without any doubt, the most famous female jockey that has ever graced the National Hunt game. Her exploits are ground-breaking and have helped ensure for her a place in racing folklore.

Blackmore grew up on a dairy farm in Killenaule, Co Tipperary and first started riding ponies at just two years of age. She achieved her first winner as an amateur rider in 2011 but didn't turn professional until 2015.

Trainer Shark Hanlon was a key figure in her decision to go pro and, fittingly, put her on to her first winner, Most Honourable, at Clonmel in September of that year.

It is her alliance with Waterford-based handler Henry de Bromhead, however, that has seen Blackmore achieve sporting superstardom.

Major wins at the Cheltenham Festival – including a Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and two Champion Hurdles – sit proudly alongside the Grand National at Aintree in 2021. She is a pioneering figure for women in racing and, indeed, in sport.

In 2021, she was named the BBC World Sports Personality of the Year, whilst also winning the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year in Ireland.

Before she thought she could have a career in race riding, she worked to get a degree in equine science, the study of horses, and at the time she hoped that one day she would be a vet.

Rachael Blackmore's best horses

The horse most commonly associated with Blackmore's career is Honeysuckle, the outstanding mare on which she won the Champion Hurdle in 2021 and 2022. Their partnership was enduring and yielded major successes in Britain and Ireland across a long unbeaten spell.

At the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, they won a second Mares' Hurdle on what was Honeysuckle's final appearance, ensuring she was 4-4 at the Cotswolds showpiece in her career.

A Plus Tard was the horse on which Blackmore won the Gold Cup in 2021, while Envoi Allen was her partner for Ryanair Chase glory in 2023, and, of course, Minella Times carried her to that famous Grand National win at Aintree.

Rachael Blackmore's Cheltenham Festival winners

At the end of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, Blackmore had partnered 16 winners the Cotswolds showpiece.

The first came on A Plus Tard in the Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase in 2019, while she also won the Albert Bartlett that season on Minella Indo. Both horses would go on to win the Gold Cup, with Blackmore agonisingly second on A Plus Tard – having had to choose between the pair, in 2021, before she emphatically turned the placings around 12 months later.

She has those two Champion Hurdles on Honeysuckle, alongside two Mares' Hurdles on that star, while Captain Guinness gave her a Champion Chase win this season leaving only a Stayers' Hurdle to complete the set of the 'crown jewels'.

She has won the Ryanair twice on Allaho (2021) and Envoi Allen (2023), while she won the Champion Bumper on Sir Gerhard for Willie Mullins in 2021 and added a Triumph Hurdle on Quilixios that season – a remarkable sixth winner as she was crowned leading rider at the Festival.

Rachael Blackmore's Grand National winners

The day that will surely stand out unmatched in Blackmore's career was Saturday 10th April, 2021 when she partnered Minella Times to win the Aintree Grand National for trainer de Bromhead and owner JP McManus.

Having been cancelled the year before due to the pandemic, the 2021 race and entire festival meeting took place behind closed doors for the first time in its history, but in the end it was Blackmore's success that will be recalled racing folklore after she became the first – and so far only - female rider to win since the races' inception in 1839.

The story of her win in the most famous steeplechase of them all made global headlines and catapulted Blackmore to stardom outside the normal of confines of the racing bubble.

Rachael Blackmore's career earnings

Blackmore's exact career earnings are difficult to quantify. Over the last five seasons she has earned over €7.6m in Irish jumps races and a further £3.4m in UK races in prizemoney for her connections.

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