Rachael Blackmore somehow stays on horse after fall to win again at Cheltenham

Irish hunt jockey Rachael Blackmore and horse Gin on Lime took a remarkable victory in the SSS Super Alloys Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare trailed My Drogo by a neck in the two-horse race, as both approached the penultimate fence, only for the leader to come crashing down and unseat rider Harry Skelton.

Gin On Lime and Blackmore seemed certain to suffer the same fate when the horse stumbled to her knees, but somehow the jockey managed to stay on board before the pair safely cleared the last fence before taking victory.

After the dramatic finish, Blackmore praised the 'honesty' of her horse to get back up and keep going.

"She didn't go from left to right so it wasn't that difficult (to sit). It was very strange, a two-horse race, it just shows you that anything can happen," she told ITV Racing.

"Harry loomed up beside me and I thought he was going to go away from me at the second-last. She was so honest to get up and keep going like that, she was incredible.

"Such honesty from her to do that, she didn't put in the best round of jumping. There's lot going on around the place and she wasn't sure where she was going. It was so incredibly honest of the mare to do that."

The drama went down well with Racing TV, who tweeted a video clip of the finish and wrote: "Do you believe it?

"My Drogo falls at the second-last & despite slithering at the same fence, Rachael Blackmore & Gin On Lime somehow go on to win for Henry de Bromhead in stunning scenes at Cheltenham."

Trainer Tony Mullins also took to Twitter to post: "Rachel Blackmore is just UNREAL," while horse racing pundit Kevin Blake lauded "staggering athleticism and balance from both."

What did you make of Blackmore's remarkable recovery? Let us know in the comments section.

Racing fans were also impressed, with @Mikek07 saying on social media: "A bomb could hit the earth, wipe out humanity, yet Rachael Blackmore would still be standing."

Blackmore, 32, made history in April this year when she rode Minella Times to victory in the 2021 Grand National at Aintree, becoming the first female jockey in history to win the race.

Her stellar year has also seen her win the Champion Hurdle and Irish Champion Hurdle.

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