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Rachael Blackmore nominated for BBC World Sports Star award
Rachael Blackmore got her name into the record books earlier this year by becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National and she also enjoyed tremendous success at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival where she finished as top jockey, having won six races including success on Allaho, Sir Gerhard and Bob Olinger. She has now been nominated for the BBC World Sports Star award alongside the likes of Tom Brady and Max Verstappen.
Leading Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore became the first female winner of the Grand National earlier this year and she was also the very first woman to triumph in the Champions Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival just a few weeks earlier. Indeed she ended the latter meeting with no less than six wins to her name, her memorable triumph aboard Honeysuckle in the Day One feature preceding further victories on Quilixios, Telmesomethinggirl, Allaho, Sir Gerhard and Bob Olinger. It was with Minella Times that she entered the Grand National record books just a month later and she finished second in the Irish 2020/21 National Hunt Jockey’s Championship behind Paul Townend, having rode 92 domestic winners to add to the eight in Great Britain.
Having been nomitated for the World Sports Star award, she will be up against Max Verstappen who is currently sitting level on points with Lewis Hamilton in the F1 drivers’ standings ahead of the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi. Sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah, tennis star Novak Djokovic, boxer Saul Alvarez and NFL quarterback Tom Brady complete the line-up.