Blackmore wins BBC World Sports Star Award

Rachael Blackmore, Grand National-winning rider and Cheltenham Festival leading jockey, has claimed another accolade after winning the BBC World Sports Star Award in Salford.

The 32-year-old – who became the first female jockey to win the Grand National earlier this year – saw off competition from pound-for-pound champion boxer Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and NFL quarterback Tom Brady to win the prize.

Multiple Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, recent F1 World Champion Max Verstappen and Jamaican sprinting sensation Elaine Thompson-Herah were also nominated for the award.

Minella Times and Rachael Blackmore in the Grand National
Image: Minella Times and Rachael Blackmore in the Grand National

The prize was won last year by UFC superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov, while fellow jockey Hollie Doyle was third in the main prize, won by Lewis Hamilton.

Blackmore – who accepted her award from Manchester Airport – enjoyed a stellar 2021 that included Grand National glory on Minella Times, winning the iconic Aintree race for trainer Henry de Bromhead and owner JP McManus in the colours of 2010 winner Don’t Push It.

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Rachael Blackmore has enjoyed a remarkable year in the saddle, including Cheltenham Festival and Grand National success.

She was also leading Cheltenham Festival jockey, with six victories across the four-day meeting including Champion Hurdle success on unbeaten mare Honeysuckle and Ryanair Chase victory on Allaho.

The BBC prize is the latest in a string of awards won in the last week by Blackmore, having also been named RTE Sportsperson of the Year and Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year.

Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore leave the rest of the Champion Hurdle field well behind at Cheltenham
Image: Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore leave the rest of the Champion Hurdle field well behind at Cheltenham

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