Rachael Blackmore is to be honoured with the 2021 Irish Racing Hero Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards next month.

The award will round-off a stunning year for Blackmore in which she became the first woman to claim the leading jockey award at the Cheltenham Festival with six winners, a figure that has only been topped by Ruby Walsh.

She became the first woman to ride the winner of iconic Grand National with her success on Minella Times described as "historic" by President Michael D Higgins, "a truly amazing achievement".

Blackmore will be presented with her 2021 Irish Racing Hero Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards in early December.

Nominations for the remaining awards categories, Horse of the Year, National Hunt Award, National Hunt Achievement Award, Flat Award, Flat Achievement Award, Point-to-Point Award and the Emerging Talent Award will be announced on Thursday.

Suzanne Eade, interim CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, said: "Rachael’s achievements on two of jump racing’s biggest stages are truly historic.

"Not only was she the first woman to ride the winner of a championship race at Cheltenham, but Rachael also became the first woman to win the leading jockey award at the festival. It is remarkable that her six winners included five at Grade 1 level.

"Her Aintree Grand National victory made headlines all over the world and that accomplishment alone will resonate with so many within the racing industry and beyond

"Rachael has become more than a role model; she is a true icon of our wonderful sport and a most fitting winner of the 2021 Irish Racing Hero Award."