There will be no other first female winner of the national – that is now Rachael Blackmore’s honour forever

Victory on Minella Times in the world’s greatest steeplechase caps a few weeks to remember for the rider, whose every touch at the minute appears to be turning to racing gold, writes Ben Burrows

<p>A new Queen of Aintree was crowned at the weekend</p>

A new Queen of Aintree was crowned at the weekend

Even with microphone in hand, Rachael Blackmore didn't put a foot wrong. “I don't feel male or female right now – I don't even feel human,” she said.

The Irishwoman was speaking after becoming the first female jockey to win the world famous Grand National on Saturday afternoon aboard Minella Times.

Victory in the world's greatest steeplechase caps a few weeks to remember for Blackmore, whose every touch at the minute appears to be turning to racing gold.

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