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Rachael Blackmore named as official ambassador of Aintree and Cheltenham Racecourses
In racing circles, there can be little doubt that Rachael Blackmore was the name on everyone’s lips earlier this year as she followed up a hugely successful Cheltenham Festival with an historic victory in the 2021 Grand National aboard Henry De Bromhead-trained Minella Times, thus becoming the first female jockey ever to win the famous steeplechase. Blackmore’s name will be further etched into the minds of racing aficionados up and down the country following her recent appointment as official ambassador for The Jockey Club West Region, this area including both Cheltenham and Aintree courses.
Prior to her win at Aintree in April, Blackmore had chalked-up six wins in the four days of the Cheltenham Festival to land the Ruby Walsh Trophy. Five of these wins were at Grade One level and included the Unibet Champions Hurdle which she won aboard De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle.
Following the announcement that Blackmore had been appointed as ambassador, the Tipperaray-born jockey said: “I am delighted to be working as an ambassador for the Jockey Club West Region.
“I’ve had such an amazing year winning the Randox Grand National at Aintree and becoming leading jockey at Cheltenham. It’s an honour to be representing the racecourses which have given me the greatest moments in my career and life.
“The Grand National is the race that every child dreams about growing up. To ride in it is an achievement in itself so to win it this year was just unbelievable. I am looking forward to working with a great team at The Jockey Club to use my role to help to inspire the next generation of jockeys and racing fans.”
Blackmore will be looking to emulate her 2021 success at next year’s Cheltenham Festival as well as the Grand National 2022 and it’s hard to escape the conclusion that more great things will be coming her way after the turn of the year.