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Rachael Blackmore displays AMAZING saddle heroics to stay seated and ride to victory at Cheltenham

I can’t hold back a good woman! Rachael Blackmore recovers incredibly from falling off her horse at the penultimate hurdle to WIN at Cheltenham after staying on board

  • Rachael Blackmore survived a dramatic finish to win the 2m4f Novice Chase
  • The jockey was riding Gin & Lime in Cheltenham when My Drogo fell next to her.
  • Rival Harry Skelton was dethroned but Blackmore had to seat Gin & Lime
  • The Irish jockey stayed in her seat before overcoming the last hurdle and went to win


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Rachael Blackmore brilliantly clung to Gin & Lime to win the Cheltenham races on Friday despite rival horse My Drogo falling into the penultimate hurdle that put her and her horse behind.

Blackmore was racing alongside Harry Skelton and My Drogo at the end of the 2m4f Novice Chase on Friday when his rival stumbled over the last hurdle and toppled the rider, causing some temporary havoc.

The Irish rider sensationally set his horse to the ground, and Blackmore somehow managed to stay in the saddle before lifting the horse Henry De Bromhead to continue the race.

Rachael Blackmore (center) displayed incredible heroics in the saddle to win the 2m4f Rookie Chase on Friday at Cheltenham.

Rachael Blackmore (center) displayed incredible heroics in the saddle to win the 2m4f Rookie Chase on Friday at Cheltenham.

Blackmore's rival My Drogo fell at the penultimate hurdle and dethroned Harry Skelton (right), forcing the Irish rider to put Gin & Lime on the ground.

Blackmore's rival My Drogo fell at the penultimate hurdle and dethroned Harry Skelton (right), forcing the Irish rider to put Gin & Lime on the ground.

Blackmore’s rival My Drogo fell at the penultimate hurdle and dethroned Harry Skelton (right), forcing the Irish rider to put Gin & Lime on the ground.

Blackmore (second from left) then chose Gin & Lime to continue while sitting still

Blackmore (second from left) then chose Gin & Lime to continue while sitting still

Blackmore (second from left) then chose Gin & Lime to continue while sitting still

With Gin & Lime trotting slowly in the seconds after My Drogo’s crash, which forced jockey Skelton to temporarily get in the way of the seated Blackmore, the 32-year-old generated enough pace to clear the last hurdle and rush to the line. finish without being challenged. .

“It wasn’t that difficult (to sit down),” Blackmore said after the race. ‘It was very strange, a two horse race, it just shows you that anything can happen.

Harry appeared next to me and I thought he would walk away from me on the penultimate. She was so honest to get up and carry on like this, it was amazing.

Blackmore generated enough pace to clear the last hurdle and go to victory on Friday.

So much honesty on his part to do that, he didn’t make the best round of jumps. There is a lot going on at the scene and I wasn’t sure where I was going. It was incredibly honest of the mare to do that. ‘

Bromhead’s coach added: ‘It was crazy, wasn’t it? We looked defeated, I don’t think the favorite deserved it (to fall) at all, he had jumped brilliantly the entire time. It’s one of those things you don’t expect to see, but it worked to our advantage.

“Obviously, many days in the hunting field were very useful there, it was brilliant. You wouldn’t believe it, would you?

Gin & Lime was 7/4 to win Friday’s Novice Chase with Skelton’s My Drogo, trained by Harry’s brother Dan, the 4/9 favorite.

Blackmore praised his horse's 'incredible honesty' in getting around the incident and winning

Blackmore praised his horse's 'incredible honesty' in getting around the incident and winning

Blackmore praised his horse’s ‘incredible honesty’ in getting around the incident and winning

“ He jumped the fence well and took a punch on landing. You saw what happened, ” the disappointed rider told Racing TV. I was delighted with him the whole way.

It jumped wonderfully. It was a bit big on a pair in the back. He jumped the ditch at the top of the hill better than the mare. He got there with the reins and would have won. We all know it, but at least it’s okay. I am totally relaxed about it.

“Frustrated because he ended up not completing the race and that’s on his record, but that doesn’t mean he’s a minor horse. He galloped down the straight.

He has done a nice strong canter, which is unusual for a two-horse race. Fair play for Rachael to stay. She made a similar mistake. That is running. We continue. ‘

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