Rachael Blackmore

County of origin: Tipperary

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

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

Leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival: 2021 (6 winners)

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

Significant horses: Honeysuckle, Minella Indo, A Plus Tard, Allaho, Bob Olinger, Sir Gerhard, Tellmesomethinggirl, Quilixios, 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

Did you know:

From Killenaule, County Tipperary, Rachael Blackmore is one of the leading National Hunt jockeys in Ireland and Britain. She became the first woman to the ride the winner of a championship race at the Cheltenham Festival when partnering Honeysuckle to success in the 2021 Champion Hurdle and was the first woman to win the Leading Jockey Award at the Festival in the same year. 

Rachael 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 10, 2011.

Rachael enjoyed a notable winner 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 woman 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 21, 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 nine) 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 woman 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. 

Rachael took the 2021 Cheltenham Festival by storm and emerged as the leading jockey at the meeting for the first time with six winners. In addition to her famous Champion Hurdle success on Honeysuckle, she won the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Bob Olinger, the Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Sir Gerhard, the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase on Allaho, the Grade 2 Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on Tellmesomethinggirl and the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle on Quilixios. 

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 2020/202151685736053€951,300€653,005€1,604,305
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Jiving Jerry HcpHdl 2m 5 10-4 103 Farmhouse Foods Novice H'cap H'dle €435
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Robin De Carlow (GB) HcpCh 3m 5f 50yds p.u. 10-9 138 BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Ornua Ch 2m 4f 5 11-4 142 Devenish S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €2,400
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Ellie Mac HcpHdl 2m 6f p.u. 10-13 124 Fairyhouse Steel H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Eleazar Des Neiges (FR) HcpCh 3m 150yds p.u. 11-10 134 Fred Kenny Service To Racing Hcap Schase
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 French Dynamite (FR) Hdl 2m 4f 2 11-8 150 The Underwriting Exchange H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €10,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Gentlemansgame (GB) NovHdl 2m 4f 3 11-7 143 Colm Quinn BMW Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €3,500
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Viscount Gort HcpHdl 2m 4f 16 11-5 118 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Epson Du Houx (FR) HcpCh 2m 150yds 3 11-9 138 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €4,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Atlantic Fairy NovHdl 2m 4f 6 11-9 129 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €2,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 January Jets NovCh 2m 4f 6 11-12 140 The Underwriting Exchange Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €1,600
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Desir Du Large (FR) NovHdl 2m 4 11-6 Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Nov. Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,750
Limerick 28/03/21 Tiger Voice (FR) HcpCh 2m 3f 120yds 3 11-10 128 Ballyneety H'cap S'chase €1,600
Limerick 28/03/21 Full Time Score NovCh 3m 120yds 3 11-2 Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €2,750
Limerick 28/03/21 Felicidad (FR) Hdl 2m 2 11-9 122 Bruree (Mares) H'dle €2,700
Cork 25/03/21 Hammersmith Hdl 2m 2 11-4 118 Follow On Instagram @Corkracecourse Hdle €3,400
Cork 25/03/21 Boy Called Sue MdnHdl 2m 11 11-2 Follow @Corkracecourse (F) M'dn H'dle
Cork 25/03/21 Bold Assassin HcpHdl 3m 7 11-0 114 Mallow H'cap H'dle
Cork 25/03/21 Maccloud MdnHdl 2m 4f 12 12-0 corkracecourse.ie M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Clonmel 23/03/21 Added Bonus HcpHdl 2m 4 12-0 94 Extra Places On BoyleSports App Hcap Hdl €500
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*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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