Grand National: How many female jockeys are riding in 2023 Aintree Grand National?

Rachael's back for another crack at the big one!

Rachel Blackmore Minella Times Grand National 2021

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Rachael Blackmore is doing it for the girls in the Grand National once again as she is the only female jockey taking part in Saturday’s big race at Aintree.

The County Tipperary native made history by becoming the first woman to ride the winner of the Grand National when steering Minella Times to a famous victory in 2021.

The duo failed to repeat the feat in last year’s renewal – Minella Times was pulled-up and has since been retired – but Blackmore is ready to don the Robcour silks for the 2023 Grand National.

That is because she teams up with Ain’t That A Shame for trainer Henry de Bromhead; a lightly-raced nine-year-old that broke his maiden status over the larger obstacles last time out.

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The Jeremy gelding will be Blackmore’s fifth spin in the Grand National, having also finished 10th on Valseur Lido in 2019 and falling on Alpha Des Obeaux the year before.

Despite a number of talented female jockeys emerging in recent seasons, we have a repeat of last year’s race in that Blackmore is the only one involved in the world’s greatest steeplechase.

To be fair, she is one of the best in the business, though!

If you’re unaware of her achievements then where have you been? A few weeks before making Grand National history in 2021, Blackmore rode six winners at the Cheltenham Festival, becoming the first female pilot to win the Top Jockey award at the mega meeting.

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