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Grand National 2021 at Aintree LIVE: Race updates, racecard, runners and favourites

History-maker Rachael Blackmore becomes the first woman to win the Grand National as she leads 11/1 shot Minella Times to a comfortable victory at Aintree just weeks after dominating the Cheltenham Festival

RESULT

1 Minella Times (R Blackmore) 11-1

2 Balko Des Flos (A Coleman) 100-1

3 Any Second Now (M P Walsh) 15-2

4 Burrows Saint (P W Mullins) 9-1

Rachael Blackmore made history at Aintree as she became the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Minella Times.

Blackmore led home a one-two for trainer Henry de Bromhead, winning at 11-1 from 100-1 runner-up Balko Des Flos.

The Irish jockey, who last month was the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham – on De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle – bided her time before challenging and leading two out en route to even greater glory at Aintree.

Aidan Coleman partnered Balko Des Flos – and Any Second Now was third for trainer Ted Walsh, with Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint finishing fourth to complete a clean sweep for Irish horses. 

Female jockey Rachael Blackmore made history by winning the Grand National on Saturday

Blackmore led home a one-two for trainer Henry de Bromhead in the iconic race at Aintree

Blackmore led home a one-two for trainer Henry de Bromhead in the iconic race at Aintree

‘I cannot believe it. He was a sensational spin. I’m so lucky to be riding. It is unbelievable,’ Blackmore told ITV Racing.

‘He was just incredible and jumped beautifully. I tried to wait as long as I could. When I jumped the last and asked him for a bit, he was there.

The victory in the world’s greatest steeplechase on Saturday followed her success at Cheltenham where she picked up six wins to finish leading jockey.  

The 31-year-old Irish jockey timed her run to perfection to claim a historic victory

 The 31-year-old Irish jockey timed her run to perfection to claim a historic victory

Grand National 2021 at Aintree LIVE: Race updates, racecard, runners and favourites

Grand National 2021 at Aintree LIVE: Race updates, racecard, runners and favourites

Rachael Blackmore will be hoping to make history at Grand National as she bids to haul Minella Times over the finish line.

Blackmore is one of three women aiming to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National, alongside Bryony Frost, who rides Yala Enki, and Tabitha Worsley – who is on board Sub Lieutenant. 

They’ll be chasing Tom Scudamore and his favourite Cloth Cap on the final day at Aintree, while amateur jockey Patrick Mullins will attempt to win his first race in Liverpool with Burrows Saint.

The main race begins at 5.15pm. 

Follow Sportsmail’s KISHAN VAGHELA for live Grand National coverage, including race updates, build-up and result. 

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