Written by Sanjana Nayakanti, a grade 6 student
It’s not a gender-equal world and women are still underestimated and still called the weaker sex and many believe that women can’t do what men can do.
Rachael Blackmore, an Irish jockey, has proven that women are equal to men.
What did she do?
Rachael Blackmore made history by becoming the first-ever female jockey to win the Grand National race, the world’s most famous and demanding horse race.
What was the 2021 Grand National?
The 2021 Grand National Race was the 173rd annual running of the Grand National horse race, which took place at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England on 10 April 2021. The event was sponsored by Randox Health and is popularly known as the Randox 2021 Grand National.
The race was held without spectators due to Covid-19.
Who were the winners?
Rachael Blackmore came in first, riding on a horse named Minella Times. She won a whopping £375,00 – in rupees that would be about 3 crores and eighty-seven lakhs!. Balko des Flos, came in second and won prize money of £150,000, followed by 8 other winners.
About Rachael Blackmore
Rachael Blackmore, who is 31 years old, was born on 11 July 1989. She’s the daughter of a school teacher and a dairy farmer from Ireland. She was interested in horse riding from her childhood and bought her first horse which she named Bubbles when she was just 7 years old.
After her victory, she said “I don’t feel male or female right now. I don’t even feel human..this is just unbelievable.” She won this with her whole heart and she said that the reason she won was her family and personal sporting success. She was extremely happy.
Before her grand achievement, she had fewer than 100 thousand followers, and after she had 1 million followers and more than 1.5 million on social media.
The first thing she did after reaching her room with the cup was that she called her parents and told them the good news.
As a girl I am feeling so proud of her achievement and want to say to all the boys out there, “you guys may be very smart and strong, but please do not think that girls are less, they can do just as much as you can or even more!”
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