JP McManus and Rachael Blackmore combine for historic Grand National win

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RACHAEL Blackmore had JP McManus’ second ever Grand National win on Saturday at Aintree as she guided Minella Times to victory.

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The Tipperary native followed up from her incredible Cheltenham festival to become the first ever female to win the prestigious race.

On the 12/1 shot, Blackmore coasted to victory in the 4 mile 2 1/2 furlong race. It was a 1-2 for trainer Henry De Bromhead as Balko Des Flos finished in second under Aidan Coleman.

McManus last success in the race came in 2010 with Dont Push It.

Speaking in the wake of her success, Blackmore was overcome with joy, saying,

“I can’t believe I am Rachael Blackmore. I still feel like that kid, I can’t believe I am me, its unbelievable.”

McManus’ horse Any Second Now came third in the 40 horse race.

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