Life as a jockey continues on, even after the high-point of the jumps season at the Cheltenham Festival.

Rachael Blackmore introduced herself to the masses on the back of her six wins at Prestbury Park, including success in the Champion Hurdle. At the end of the week, she was crowned leading jockey.

Her six victories, when spoken alongside the seven that the revered Ruby Walsh achieved at one Festival, further underlines the magnitude of what Blackmore achieved last week. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the Tipperary jockey referenced "an incredible week".

The day after Cheltenham wrapped, Blackmore was back on home soil, riding in Thurles. On Sunday, she ventured north for engagements at Downpatrick. 

"That's the life that a jockey leads. We were straight back into it. When you come back from Cheltenham with winners under your belt it's a lot easier to float around the place. 

"It's hard to comprehend the last few days. I was heading over with a very good book of rides. But Cheltenham is an extremely hard place to win, we know that. It's all been a bit of a whirlwind."

As a female jockey, Blackmore achieved a few firsts at jump racing's showpiece event, but not for the first time was keen to play down the gender angle, adding that Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry before her had already pushed through the glass ceiling.

"When I came into racing, Nina and Katie had already broken that for me. They never made a big deal out of it. I just continued on with their ethos. I feel inside of racing it's not a big deal. On the outside world it is. We're lucky to be involved in a sport where gender isn't an issue and I'm very grateful for racing in that sense."

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And while we all celebrated Blackmore's success last week, she did end up on the floor on a few occasions.

Racing has its ups and down, though the 31-year-old does not let the fear factor influence her thoughts in any great way.

"If you are a jockey and thinking what could go wrong, it's probably time not to be a jockey," she said. 

"Being fearful is not something you can have on your brain. 

"Touch wood I have been very lucky with injuries. We have a very good medical team - Dr Jennifer Pugh keeps us sound. She did a great job in bring us over to Cheltenham under very strict Covid protocols." 

In a couple of weeks time, Fairyhouse and Aintree will be on Blackmore's agenda, before the jumps finale at the Punchestown Festival come the end of April. More big prizes to be won. 

As to what advice she would give young girls starting out in horse and pony clubs, the aim is to think big.

"When I was in the pony club I never thought I would be 'the' Rachael Blackmore. Dream big, it can be achieved. If you work hard and get the opportunity, anything can happen."