Rachael Blackmore (with Westen Love) 

Rachael Blackmore (with Westen Love): printed dress with handkerchief hem, LK Bennett, €310; black soft leather jacket, All Saints, €270. All from Kildare Village. Photograph: Lorna Fitzsimons

Rachael Blackmore, star Jockey, picks up Nationl Hunt Award #HRIAwards

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Horse Racing Ireland

Star jockey

picks up this years National Hunt Award.

An impressive year saw Rachael claim her first Gr1 win and 2 Cheltenham winners.


Rachael Blackmore wins the Randox Grand National on Minella Times for Henry de Bromhead and JP McManus

Rachael Blackmore said her Cheltenham Festival had been “phenomenal” after becoming the first woman to be the leading jockey at the meeting.

The Irish rider had six wins, more than the entire British training contingent.

Blackmore, 31, was the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle, with Honeysuckle, and was second on A Plus Tard in the Gold Cup, which was won by Minella Indo.

“I can’t even comprehend being leading jockey – it’s crazy stuff,” she said.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s been brilliant. Henry de Bromhead is an incredible trainer. I’m just part of that team and getting on those horses.”