A landmark week for Rachael Blackmore at the Cheltenham Festival was completed when she became the first woman to secure the coveted top jockey award.
Six wins - including a history-making victory aboard Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday - in Britain's biggest jump race meeting saw the 31-year-old rocket to the summit of the sport, earning plaudits from some of the sport's greats.
Her final afternoon started in a similar vein to the previous three days, as she steered Quilixios to victory in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
But despite another fine ride, the Irishwoman was deprived the ultimate triumph in the meeting's biggest race, the Gold Cup, when she finished second on A Plus Tard behind stablemate Minella Indo.
Blackmore, 31, was presented with her trophy as the meeting's leading rider by the man considered the greatest jump jockey of them all, Sir Anthony McCoy.
"It's been a brilliant week," said Blackmore.
"I was hoping I'd get one winner - every jockey thinks like that. When you get one, it's some weight off your shoulders and everything is a bonus then after that."
Asked if it will change her life, she said: "I'm still in the bubble of it now. I don't know what's going to happen."
Of her Gold Cup near-miss, she smiled: "I rode the wrong one, (but) I can't complain too much."
Blackmore's proud mother Eimir is a school teacher in Tipperary and told ITV Racing: "It's been an absolute fairytale, it's incredible."
Racing had needed a hero - or heroine - as the much-loved Festival took place without crowds and against the backdrop of a sport in turmoil.
Leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott had been given a 12-month ban after he confirmed the authenticity of a photograph showing him sitting on a dead horse.
It had left the sport aghast but Blackmore's brilliant exploits helped put the spotlight back on the racing.
She shone a light with historic triumph after historic triumph, winning the Champion Hurdle, four more grade one races and consequently the leading rider award - the first female rider to come close to any of the above.