Rachael Blackmore rides in Ladies' Day race at Perth

Grand National winner hopes she has helped inspire future women jockeys.

Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore hopes she has inspired the next generation of women jockeys.

She finished second on Brave Way in the DM Hall 125th Anniversary Novices’ Chase at Perth on Thursday and told STV Sport how her life had changed in the last year.

Blackmore became the first woman in the National’s history to cross the line first, when she rode Minella Times to victory at Aintree in 2021.

“The Grand National is a very special day and my face definitely gets recognised a bit more now,” she said.

“But it’s all very positive, I feel very lucky.”

Huge crowds gathered for ladies' day at Scone Palace Park.STV News

The 32-year-old Irish jockey was at Scone Palace Park for the first time – on ladies’ day – and said attitudes towards women in the sport had changed.

“When I started riding, Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh were both in the weight room, and I never felt too much stigma in that sense,” she said.

“It’s bound to help things forward, but I think we’re very lucky in the racing industry in that whether you’re male or female, if you’re good enough and you work hard, you know you’ll get the opportunities.”

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