Rachael Blackmore Becomes the First Female Jockey to Win the Grand national

Rachael Blackmore wins the Grand National

Rachael Blackmore made history yesterday by becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National Steeplechase. The 31-year old Irish jockey rode Minella Times to the victory at a closed track. It’s a shame that only a handful of people got to see her historic victory live. Last year the Grand National was canceled […]

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150-1 Longshot wins the Irish Grand National

Freewheelin Dylan caused a seismic shock among racing fans by winning the BoyleSports Irish Grand National as a 150-1 longshot. His win was the greatest upset since the race was established in 1870. Everyone loves an underdog success story and the 9-year old gelding left no doubt he deserved the win by moving to the […]

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No Stirrups, no Problem

We’ve seen some pretty exciting rides from event riders who have lost a stirrup on course, but this ride by steeplechase jockey Hugh Morgan, is pretty incredible. After his stirrup leather broke after the first fence, he dropped the second stirrup, then continued on for three miles and 16 more fences. Watch the video below […]

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2020 Virtual Aintree Grand National

2020 Virtual Grand National

Unlike the virtual Kentucky Derby, which was a run-off between past champions, the 2020 Virtual Aintree Grand National featured the 40 horses who were already entered. Tiger Roll, who won the last two Grand Nationals, had been due to seek an unprecedented third consecutive win until the race was canceled because of the coronavirus. I […]

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Can Jump Colors Influence Safety?

Colors influence Jump Safety

Since horses see colors differently than humans, so it’s important to consider jump colors as they can influence horse and rider safety. Horses have dichromatic vision, which means they have two receptor types (light-sensitive cells in the retina of the eye) used in color vision. This gives them limited color vision, with the ability to […]

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Rachael Blackmore Guides Honeysuckle to Eighth Consecutive Victory

Horse racing is one of the only sports where men and women compete against each other, although women still represent only a small fraction of professional jockeys. In the US, women comprise only 14% of working jockeys and ride in only 10% of race starts. Only 2% ride at the elite level of the Triple […]

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Never Give Up: An Amazing Recovery

Des de Jeu recovers and wins

You have to watch this truly unbelievable ride by Aaron Kuru on Des De Jeu. After the horse “landed a bit steep” after the first fence and went down on his belly, the jockey was able to swing a leg over the saddle and get back on as Des De Jeu stood up. Make sure […]

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Tiger Roll wins 2018 Grand National in photo finish

Tiger Roll wins the Grand national

Just as well for Tiger Roll that the finish line came when it did. The 8-year old Irish gelding ridden by Davy Russell won the 2018 Aintree Grand National in a photo finish, holding off a late run by Pleasant Colony. A few more strides and the outcome might have been different! One of the […]

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