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HISTORY MADE! RACHEL BLACKMORE BECOMES FIRST EVER GRAND NATIONAL FEMALE JOCKEY WINNER

Female jockeys have only been allowed to enter and race in the National since 1975, when the Sex Discrimination Act was passed.

The first ever female jockey has won the Grand National.

Rachel Blackmore has made history at the Aintree course, riding Minella Times to victory.

She demonstrated perfect poise and timing to guide Minella Times expertly round the 30 fences over more than four and a quarter miles for victory by six and a half lengths. There were no spectators at the track because of Covid-19 protocols, but the historic moment was not lost on the jockeys, trainers and owners in attendance who cheered the pair back into the winner’s enclosure.

Three weeks ago, at the Cheltenham Festival she became the first woman to finish as the leading jockey.

She said “I just cannot believe it…I am so lucky to be riding him and I just can’t believe we have won the Grand National!’

It was described by pundits as “One of the greatest moments in the sport.”

Blackmore has broken down one of the biggest gender barriers in sports by winning the race that has been around since 1839.

She is only the 20th female jockey to compete in it and until Saturday, Katie Walsh was the best ever female finisher, when third on Seabass in 2012.

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