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Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore makes history with Grand National win

Many branded the Tipperary native a "hero" and "an inspiration"

Rachael Blackmore will also be chatting to host Ryan Tubridy

Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore has made history after winning the Grand National.

The Tipperary native became the first female jockey to win the iconic horse race on Saturday on Minella Times, trained by Henry de Bromhead.

Reacting to the win, the 31-year-old told Racing TV: “This is the Aintree Grand National, I’m completely blown away. I got a fantastic passage the whole way. Minella Times was unbelievable, he jumped fantastic, I donโ€™t think he missed a beat anywhere.”

“He was able to travel into a gap, I seemed to have loads of space everywhere and you couldnโ€™t have wished for a better passage. He was just unbelievable, he really was, his jumping was second to none.”

“Iโ€™m so lucky to be riding these horses for Henry de Bromhead. He trained a one-two there which is incredible. That canโ€™t be forgotten in the whole scheme of things.”

“Itโ€™s great to win it in these colours, too. Itโ€™s always a privilege to ride for JP McManus and to win it for him is unbelievable. Theyโ€™ve had a tough year so hopefully this can make things a little easier.”

“This is a massive deal for me personally, not the fact Iโ€™m a female. The thing that hit me when I crossed the line was that Iโ€™d won the National, not that Iโ€™m the first female to win the National. Iโ€™m just delighted,” Rachael added.

Taking to Twitter following the historic win, many branded Rachael a “hero” and “an inspiration”.

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