Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore Tightens Grip To Be Crowned RTÉ Sportsperson Of The Year

Rachael Blackmore has tightened her grip on favouritism to be crowned RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year.

The talented jockey will be honoured with the 2021 Irish Racing Hero Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards next month and punters are starting to rally behind her to bag the RTÉ award too.

Blackmore had a fantastic Cheltenham Festival in March where she became the first woman to claim the Leading Jockey title with six winners, a figure that has only been topped by Ruby Walsh.

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A few weeks later, she became the first woman to ride the winner of the Aintree Grand National on board Minella Times, which resulted in her RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year claims shortening significantly.

The race for the award soon took a twist, however, when Kellie Harrington won gold at the Tokyo Olympics, seeing her odds of bagging the RTÉ gong crumble into 5/4 from 100/1, with Blackmore eased to 4/6 from 1/100.

That all changed on Wednesday, though, with Blackmore now back into 8/15 following her Hero Award with Harrington eased to 13/8 in the latest betting.

What a year it has been for Rachael Blackmore. From Cheltenham to Aintree and then to bounce back from a nasty injury.