There is no doubting the popularity for horse racing worldwide, as we have just seen the Cheltenham festival taking place. Fans worldwide were getting involved on the event and this includes in Colorado. It proved to be a very well followed event in the betting markets, despite fans being unable to attend in person and there is no doubt that Rachael Blackmore was the leading light across the week. She had started the week as an outsider for the jockey’s title but produced a record-breaking week to run away in the jockey’s standings, as Ireland also won 23 of the 28 races, with Blackmore riding six of these victories.
Honeysuckle opened up the festival with a victory for Blackmore on day one. This was a stunning victory, as the horse cleared up the hill to extend her unbeaten record to 11 from 11 and win at the festival for a second year in succession.
Honeysuckle – she’s special
🏇 11 races
🥇 11 wins
🏆 G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle
🏆 G1 Mares’ Hurdle
🏆🏆 G1 Irish Champion Hurdle
🏆🏆 G1 Hatton’s Grace
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 16, 2021
The opening race of day two and it was a second victory at the festival for the jockey, with Bob Olinger producing a stunning performance to clear away from a classy field and win by just over seven lengths. Rachael then left it to the last on day two, as she again showed her class to make all in the bumper on favourite Sir Gerhard. It was another very impressive ride, as she dictated the race throughout.
— Horse Racing Ireland (@HRIRacing) March 17, 2021
Day three saw potentially the most impressive performance of the festival, as she produced a remarkable round of jumping abord Allaho, with the pair running away with the Ryanair chase. Later that day, she then followed this up with a victory in the Mares’ Novices hurdle, with Tellmesomethinggirl running away with the contest. It was yet another fantastic ride from the jockey.
Tellmesomethinggirl streaks home to win the Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
It’s yet another fantastic ride from @rachaelblackmor!
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 18, 2021
Blackmore then rounded the week off with a victory in the opening race of day four, with Quilixios running out an impressive winner of the Triumph hurdle. It meant six victories across the week for the rider, as she firmly stamped herself as the number one rider at present.