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Rachael Blackmore has made sporting history by becoming the first woman jockey to ride the winner of the Grand National, the world's greatest steeplechase race, when she steered Minella Times to glory at Aintree.The 31-year-old Irish rider, who was also top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival - where she won the Champion Hurdle - crowned a fabulous season on Saturday with her historic triumph.
A friendship strengthened out of tragedy has delivered a result to savour as one of Australia's most celebrated racing families rekindled a love-affair with the Golden Slipper.In producing a clinical ride on Stay Inside, Tommy Berry captured his third Slipper and helped Richard and Michael Freedman to their first as training partners.
In a dream start to her career, Annabel Neasham has joined the ranks of Group One-winning trainers less than a year after opening a Sydney stable.Neasham, backed by the Fung family's racing operation Aquis, found herself in the autumn carnival spotlight when Mo'unga landed the Rosehill Guineas over 2000m on Saturday.
One of the most anticipated clashes of the Australian autumn has lived up to its billing as Verry Elleegant swept aside the northern hemisphere's best in the Ranvet Stakes.Promoted as a weight-for-age match-race between Verry Elleegant and the highly rated UK-trained Addeybb, the Ranvet delivered on every level on Golden Slipper day at Rosehill.
John Sargent trained the last horse to beat Winx but he insists winning a Golden Slipper will go beyond anything else he has achieved in more than four decades of racing.Sargent has eyes for the greatest prize for two-year-olds in the thoroughbred world with Four Moves Ahead, an unbeaten and untapped filly.
A delayed Golden Slipper has come with a bonus for Tulloch Lodge filly Swift Witness as trainer Gai Waterhouse tries to build on her record seven wins in the $3.One of five fillies taking on the colts in the world's richest race for juveniles, Swift Witness has thrived on the training track in the week since the Golden Slipper was postponed because of chaotic weather in Sydney.
Trainer Chris Waller's hopes of a breakthrough Golden Slipper win have suffered a setback with the scratching of talented colt O'President.Rated the best of Waller's three runners in the $3.
Sydney's autumn carnival will be rescheduled after heavy rain forced the postponement of the rich Golden Slipper meeting because of unsafe racing conditions.One of Australian turf's marquee races, the $3.
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.
English jockey Tom Marquand knows enough about Australian racing to understand the importance of the Golden Slipper.But he is adamant an undercard contest under weight-for-age conditions deserves equal billing with the world's richest race for two-year-olds at Rosehill on Saturday.
Racing officials are banking on a forecasted Sydney deluge holding off long enough to save Golden Slipper day from being washed out."At this point in time we expect to proceed barring the fact we get additional rainfall that hasn't been predicted," Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel said.
British horse racing has found a new superstar in Rachael Blackmore, the jockey whose victory charge has continued at the Cheltenham Festival with her fourth and fifth wins of a sensational week.The Irish jockey steered favourite Allaho to a romping triumph in the Ryanair Chase, her fourth Grade One win of the week, and shortly afterwards rode Telmesomethinggirl to victory in the Mares' Novice Hurdle.
The fastest are almost certainly going to be vulnerable to the strongest as rain threatens to turn the world's richest race for two-year-olds into a survival of the fittest.Unchallenged as the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry's most influential race, the Golden Slipper will be run on a rain-affected Rosehill track - if the meeting goes ahead.
Hugh Bowman added an another unforgettable Moonee Valley moment to one of the most decorated resumes in Australian racing after winning the All-Star Mile on Mugatoo.Responding to a precise piece of horsemanship that ranks up with the best on a bulging highlight reel for the Sydney jockey, Mugatoo squeezed between runners to claim the race.
An unsuitable racing surface and an impost her trainer thought was unfair wasn't enough to stop Queensland mare Krone from winning the Coolmore Classic.Krone showed she is more than a wet-track specialist in winning the Group One race for fillies and mares at Rosehill on Saturday.
Chris Waller will have Golden Slipper numbers on his side for the first time after Shaquero claimed a ballot-free passage into the world's richest two-year-old race.Shaquero, winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, locked in a berth for the $3.
Easing All-Star Mile favourite Arcadia Queen is running out of chances to contest the $5 million race.Lame on Thursday after casting a shoe, Arcadia Queen failed a further veterinary examination on Friday despite being reshod.
An Irish horse trainer is being investigated over a disturbing images that surfaced online over the weekend.
The horse racing world was left in disbelief over 'horrific scenes' during the Wellington Cup in New Zealand.