Rachael Blackmore made history at Aintree as she became the first female jockey to win the Randox Grand National as Minella Times (11-1) scored for the Tipperary rider and trainer Henry de Bromhead.
Blackmore, who last month became the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham – on De Bromhead's Honeysuckle – bided her time before challenging and leading two out en route to even greater glory in her annus mirabilis
Minella Times' win was also a remarkable one for de Bromhead, who saddled a one two in the race, with outsider Balko Des Flos (100-1) filling the runner-up spot.
Any Second Now (15-2) was third for trainer Ted Walsh, with Willie Mullins' Burrows Saint (9-1) finishing fourth to complete a clean sweep for Irish-trained horses, who filled 10 of the first 11 places.
Favourite Cloth Cap was prominent behind the frontrunning Jett for much of a race, but was eventually pulled up.
Also among those who failed to finish were the well-backed Takingrisks, Mister Malarky and Kimberlite Candy – all pulled up – while Magic Of Light, second in 2019, unseated her rider.
Grand National result:— RTÉ Racing (@RTEracing) April 10, 2021
1 Minella Times 11-1
2 Balko Des Flos 100-1
3 Any Second Now 15-2
4 Burrows Saint 9-1
5 Farclas 16-1
6 Blaklion 50-1
7 Discorama 16-1
"This is the Aintree Grand National, I'm completely blown away," an emotional Blackmore said afterwards.
"I got a fantastic passage the whole way. Minella Times was unbelievable, he jumped fantastic, I don’t think he missed a beat anywhere.
"He was able to travel into a gap, I seemed to have loads of space everywhere and you couldn’t have wished for a better passage. He was just unbelievable, he really was, his jumping was second to none.
"I’m so lucky to be riding these horses for Henry de Bromhead. He trained a one-two there which is incredible. That can’t be forgotten in the whole scheme of things.
"It’s great to win it in these colours, too. It’s always a privilege to ride for JP McManus and to win it for him is unbelievable. They’ve had a tough year so hopefully this can make things a little easier.
"This is a massive deal for me personally, not the fact I’m a female. The thing that hit me when I crossed the line was that I’d won the National, not that I’m the first female to win the National. I’m just delighted."
De Bromhead said: "It's fantastic. Rachael is breaking all records. We’re just delighted.
"Balko Des Flos ran a cracker and Chris’s Dream was going very well, but unfortunately he unshipped Darragh O’Keeffe four out. They all ran really well.
"It looked like Rachael had the race won at the last, but we all know how that can change. Any Second Now looked a bit unlucky with his passage and he started to come back at us and obviously Balko was staying on as well.
"Rachael got a great passage all the way round, a lot of luck on her side and he winged fences for her. It was brilliant.
"She knows the horse very well. We were unfortunate during the winter when having a couple of great runs and just getting beaten, but this made up for it.
"We put National-type fences together last week and it seems to have helped, but he’s such a brilliant jumper anyway. He was so good all the way."
He added: "I thought I was dreaming after Cheltenham so this is amazing, it’s incredible and Rachael was unbelievable. It’s incredible to do it for the McManus’ family and we got a clear run the whole way.
"Of course you dream of winning this, but it was a distant dream. Anyone in the jumping game wants to win it, so I’m just so fortunate.
"Rachael is brilliant and we’re so lucky to have her, I think they broke the mould with her, what can you say?
"It’s a good partnership, you can see from when she joined us how we’ve gone from strength to strength. She’s just a fantastic rider and a lovely person to work with.
"I’m back on the ferry tonight so that’s something to look forward to!"