Rachael Blackmore had to do some racing of a very different kind as she battled fog on either side of the Irish Sea to reach the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday night.
The 32-year-old from Tipperary capped a stellar 2021 by being voted the BBC’s World Sport Star of the Year, seeing off some illustrious opponents to claim the prize.
It was fully deserved too after an incredible year in which she became the first female jockey to win the Aintree Grand National in the race’s 182-year history on Minella Times, having also broken new ground as the first woman to be crowned le …