Well done Rachael ! Rachael Blackmore is first female jockey to win Grand National on Minella Times
| ‘I don’t feel male or female right know. I don’t even feel human’
This is a monumental win for women.
The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs (4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km)), with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017. An event that is prominent in British culture, the race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year.
The course over which the race is run features much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks. Many of these, particularly Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn, have become famous in their own right and, combined with the distance of the event, create what has been called "the ultimate test of horse and rider.
When I saw the list of runners this morning my hands were itching to place a 5 pound bet to win on Minella Times, ridden by just one of the 3 women taking part in this traditionally male dominated 40 jockey field.
But betting shops are non existant in The Netherlands,where gambling is generally frowned upon and casinos and lotteries are state run affairs.
I tried to place a bet on internet but for some strange reason my mouse refused to co-operate !
Rachael went on to win the race at 12/1 odds !
A great day for her and for all women around the world.
Read about her win Here
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