Top Jockey Rachael Blackmore Backed For RTE Sports Award
Rachael Blackmore made history at the Cheltenham Festival this week by becoming not only the first woman to win the Champion Hurdle but also the first woman to be crowned the Top Jockey following her stunning six winners.
Blackmore started off the week making history when she became the first female jockey to ever win the Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle on Day One.
Day Two saw her deliver victories with Bob Olinger and Sir Gerhard, while Day Three saw impressive victories for Allaho and Telmesomethinggirl. She rounded off the week with another winner on Friday by landing the Triumph Hurdle with Quilixios which secured her the Top Jockey title.
The Tipperary star is now 1/6 from 5/4 to win it following a huge demand and it would be a well-deserved win after she made history. Henry de Bromhead is 66/1 after a stellar week while Tiger Roll is 100/1.
As soon as Blackmore and Honeysuckle crossed the line, BoyleSports were inundated with requests from punters to price up the sportswoman to win the big title.
Those chances were chalked up at 5/4 but following Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, those odds have plummeted. The odds Rachel Blackmore having her name on the RTE Sports Person of the Year roll of honour alongside the likes of Katie Taylor and Shane Lowry, is now rated at 1/6.
The odds for Henry de Bromhead and Tiger Roll to win the award have also been requested. Henry became the first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase and the Gold Cup, with his odds rated at 66/1 while Tiger Roll is 100/1 after landing the Cross Country race for the third time.