Rachael Blackmore

County of origin: Tipperary

First winner: Stowaway Pearl ('Shark' Hanlon) Thurles, February 10th, 2011

Jockeys' Championship runner-up: 2018/2019 (90 winners)

Assoc. trainers: Henry De Bromhead, Willie Mullins, 'Shark' Hanlon, Denise O'Shea, Ellmarie Holden, Tom Mullins, Tom Gibney, Colin Bowe

Significant horses: Minella Indo, A Plus Tard, Honeysuckle, Monalee, Chris's Dream, Patricks Park, Poker Party, Abolitionist, Merie Devie, Ballyegan Hero, Davids Charm, True Self, Supreme Vinnie, Is She Diesel, Icantsay, Moon Over Germany, Dommage Pour Toi, Oriental Eagle.

Follow Rachael on Twitter: @rachaelblackmor

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From Killenaule, County Tipperary, Rachael Blackmore rode 11 point-to-point winners and seven winners as an amateur rider before turning professional in March, 2015. She gained her first success in the paid ranks when Most Honourable, trained by ‘Shark’ Hanlon, was a winner at Clonmel on September 3rd of the same year. Hanlon had also provided Blackmore with her initial success as an amateur rider when Stowaway Pearl won at Thurles on February 10th, 2011.

Rachael enjoyed a notable success and gained a her first big success when partnering the Ellmarie Holden-trained Abolitionist to land the €100,000 Download The Ladbrokes Exchange App Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas on March 12, 2017. With 32 winners, she became the first female jockey to win the Conditional Riders’ title in the 2016/2017 season.

Rachael rode her first winner on the Flat when taking a conditions' race at Killarney on May 16th, 2017 on the Denise O'Shea-trained Supreme Vinnie. She rode out her claim when winning the Oulart Maiden Hurdle on the Colin Bowe-trained Sweet Home Chicago at Wexford on June 21st, 2017. It was her 60th racecourse success.

She rode the first treble of her career when partnering Theatre Dreams, Monbeg Chit Chat and Classic Theatre to win at at Tipperary on Sunday, July 22, 2018. All three were trained by Henry De Bromhead. A second treble came at Gowran Park in February of the following year where among her winners was the De Bromhead-trained Monalee in the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase. It was her first Grade 2 winner over fences and remarkably she got a second 24 hours later at Navan where Chris's Dream landed the Ladbrokes Ten Up Novice Chase, another trained by the County Waterford handler. 

A Plus Tard gave Rachael her first (of three) Cheltenham Festival success when landing the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase in March, 2019. Henry de Bromhead's five-year-old went off a 5/1 favourite and won by a startling 16 lengths. On the final day of the same Festival, Rachael gained her first Grade 1 success when Minella Indo landed the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, becoming the first female jockey to ride a Grade 1 winner over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival. Rachael won the Grade 1 Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle at the Festival on the Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle in 2020. 

Rachael's first Grade 1 success in Ireland came on the De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. She ended that season with 90 winners, easily securing the runner-up spot in the jockeys' championship behind Paul Townend and finished third to the Corkman in the 2019/2020 season which was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Oriental Eagle gave her a notable success when taking the Listed Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick on June 17, 2020. It was Rachael's first Listed winner on the Flat. 


SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2019/202030000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2018/2019110010€0€2,813€2,813
Winter All Weather 2017/201820000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2020/202140568604739€730,500€454,240€1,184,740
National Hunt 2019/202045061643947€1,162,563€575,570€1,738,133
National Hunt 2018/201961590566756€1,147,250€546,690€1,693,940
National Hunt 2017/201837534274430€548,625€279,209€827,834
National Hunt 2016/201736232313933€351,875€319,781€671,656
National Hunt 2015/20161706131019€44,350€55,620€99,970
National Hunt 2014/2015100001€0€1,000€1,000
Flat 2020544136€39,300€11,805€51,105
Flat 2019182002€13,800€2,175€15,975
Flat 2018263040€32,500€6,575€39,075
Flat 2017141230€8,125€9,050€17,175
Flat 201650000€0€263€263
Flat 201530001€0€575€575

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 18/01/21 Low Lie The Fields HcpHdl 2m 4f 1 11-9 104 Ladbrokes Irish Racing Novice H'cap Hdle
Punchestown 17/01/21 Gua Du Large (FR) NovHdl 2m 30yds 5 11-2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Punchestown 17/01/21 Hurricane Cliff MdnHdl 2m 30yds 2 11-12 Punchestown M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Fully Charged (GB) NovCh 2m 5f 50yds u.r. 12-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Nov S'ch
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Sovereign Gold BegCh 2m 1f 5 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg. S'chase
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Arvico Bleu HcpCh 2m 1f 12 10-3 131 Dan & Joan Moore Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 One More Light MdnHdl 2m 2f 110yds 6 11-9 Follow Fairyhouse (Mares) M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Schone Aussicht (GER) MdnHdl 2m 2f 110yds 3 11-9 Follow Fairyhouse (Mares) M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Merry Poppins (GER) Hdl 2m 6 11-0 ITM Virtual Stallion Trail H'dle
Naas 13/01/21 Bob Olinger NovHdl 2m 4f 1 11-12 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €48,000
Naas 13/01/21 Captain Guinness NovCh 2m 2 11-10 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice S'chase €3,900
Naas 13/01/21 Epson Du Houx (FR) HcpCh 2m 1 11-5 125 Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings H'cap S'ch €9,600
Fairyhouse 12/01/21 Ain't That A Shame MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 11-6 Fairyhouse Racecourse M'dn H'dle €1,000
Fairyhouse 12/01/21 An Taibhse MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 11-6 Solerina January 30th (Mares) M'dn H'dle €1,000
Fairyhouse 03/01/21 Gloire D'athon (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-11 Happy New Year From Fairyhouse M'dn Hdle €600
Fairyhouse 03/01/21 Eleazar Des Neiges (FR) BegCh 2m 5f 50yds 2 12-0 Cavalor Equine Nutrition Beg. S'chase €2,500
Fairyhouse 03/01/21 Ellie Mac Ch 2m 5f 50yds 4 10-13 125 John & Chich Fowler Mem. EBF (M) S'chse (Grade 3) Grade 3 €1,625
Cork 02/01/21 Gentlemansgame (GB) MdnHdl 2m 1 12-0 CorkRacecourse.ie M'dn H'dle €7,200
Tramore 01/01/21 Not Available MdnHdl 2m 2 11-6 David Flynn Construction M'dn H'dle €2,000
Tramore 01/01/21 Minella Escape MdnHdl 2m 5f 1 11-6 Goodbye 2020 Hello 2021 M'dn H'dle €6,000

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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