Rachael Blackmore | first female jockey to win the Grand National

Rachael Blackmore (born 11 July 1989) is a leading jockey in the country and is regarded as one of the best in her field. She has rewritten several history books during her career, She is a person full of will and energy, as she begins her recovery from a fractured ankle and hip injury sustained at Killarney.

She is not single and lives very happily with her love with her boyfriend Brian Hayes, He is a jockey.  Her parents are Charles and Eimir Blackmore.Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore

Blackmore studied equine science at the University of Limerick and is hoping to one day become a vet.

In April 2021, she became the first woman to win the Grand National when riding Minella Times. She was also the first woman to ride a champion horse at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2017.

She gained her first professional success as an amateur rider in 2015. She gained her first point-to-point winner when Most Honourable won at Clonmel on September 3, 2010.

She gained her first big success when she partnered Ellemia Holden’s Abolitionist to win the 2017 Leinster National Chase at Naas. She would then become the first woman to win the 2017 Conditional Riders’ title.

Rachael O’Brien has her first winner on the Flat and her 60th racecourse success. She rode her first winner on May 16, 2017 at Killarney.

She had her first treble in 2018, when she rode the winners of Theatre Dreams, Monbeg Chat and Classic Theatre at Tipperary. She then went on to win the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park in February 2019.

A Plus Tard provided Rachael with her first Cheltenham Festival success when she landed the Close Brothers Novices’ Chase in March 2019. On the last day of the festival, Minella Indo became the first woman to ride a winner over hurdles.

Her first Grade 1 success was on Honeysuckle in the EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on April 21, 2019. She went on to secure the runner-up spot behind Paul Townend in the jockeys’ championship.

Oriental Eagle was a notable success when taking the Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick in June 2020.


She dominated the festival with six winners, which is a first for her. She had success on the likes of Bob Olinger, Sir Gerhard, Tellmesomethinggirl and Allaho.


Blackmore became the first woman to win the Grand National when she rode Minella Times to victory at Aintree. It was a historic moment for the sport and she was congratulated by President Michael D Higgins after her achievement.


Runner-up in the jockeys’ championship for the second time in three years, Rachael finished the season with a personal best of 92 winners.


Major wins Ireland – ( Rachael Blackmore)

  • Arkle Novice Chase – Notebook (2020)
  • Hatton’s Grace Hurdle – Honeysuckle (2019, 2020)
  • Irish Champion Hurdle – Honeysuckle (2020, 2021)
  • Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle –Minella Indo (2019)
  • Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final – Honeysuckle (2019)
  • Paddy’s Reward Club Chase – A Plus Tard (2019)
  • Punchestown Champion Hurdle – Honeysuckle (2021)
  • Racing Post Novice Chase – Notebook (2019)
  • Slaney Novice Hurdle – Bob Olinger (2021)

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