Rachael Blackmore has had a remarkable season so far and the Tipperary jockey is now dreaming of riding a winner at the Cheltenham Festival next March.

Blackmore currently leads the Irish jump jockey championship with 61 winners this season and was honoured for her superb season at Tuesday evening's annual Horse Racing Awards.

Blackmore has had an extraordinary season so far and while she was delighted to receive her award, she hopes that her positive momentum can continue until the end of the season.

"I'd obviously love to ride a winner in Cheltenham, that's a dream of every jockey," said Blackmore. "So I will just try to keep going with similar momentum that I have at the moment."

"It's been a phenomonal year," she added. "And I never though I would be in he position I am in now at the start of December.

Blackmore has raced for many different trainers this season and admits that she aims to ride the best horses available, which would result in competing on the biggest days in racing.

"I have got unbelieveable support from a lot of different trainers," said Blackmore.

"Everyone wants to get on better horses, which means you are in better races, and it's about the big days too, and you need to be on the better horses for those.

"Hopefully, I can keep going. If they called off jump racing for the rest of the season, I'd be happy enough.

"Like everyone in racing, you take things week by week or day by day, and things change very quickly."

Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry, who brought the curtain down on outstanding careers with winners at the Punchestown Festival in April, were also honoured with the inaugural Irish Racing Hero award

The Horse of the Year award went to Alpha Centauri, Willie Mullins toook the National Hunt award, while the Flat award went to Donnacha O'Brien. Punchestown was named racecourse of the year.