Blackmore on top of the world

Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times cross the line to win the Aintree Grand National for owner JP McManus and trainer Henry de Bromhead on Saturday. (Photo: Grossick Racing/Racing Post)

The dominance of Irish jump racing was very much in evidence at Aintree where the trailblazing Rachael Blackmore stole the show with her historic winning ride on the Henry de Bromhead-trained Minella Times in the Grand National on Saturday.

Remarkably, 10 of the first 11 horses to cross the line were trained in Ireland and in all, six different Irish trainers sent out seven winners over the three days of the festival.

In addition to the Grand National success, Denise Foster was responsible for two Irish-trained winners, Abacadabras and Tronador, both ridden by Jack Kennedy.

Arthur Moore took the Grade 2 mares’ bumper with the Blackmore-ridden Me Too Please, Peter Fahey and Kevin Sexton shared Grade 1 success with Belfast Banter, Joseph O’Brien and Mark Walsh scored with Fakir D’oudairies and Willie and Patrick Mullins were winners over the Grand National fences with Livelovelaugh.

Full report in this week’s Print & Digital Edition