Rachael Blackmore’s historic achievements now include the greatest prize of all in National Hunt racing as the groundbreaking jockey steered A Plus Tard to Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup glory on Friday.
Runner-up a year ago to his stable companion Minella Indo, A Plus Tard reversed the places in style, the 3-1 favourite secured a stunning 15 length success, with Blackmore becoming the first woman to ride a Gold Cup winner.
It was the centrepiece of an unprecedented clean sweep by Irish-trained horses of every race on a single Cheltenham festival card.
That included a five-timer for Willie Mullins who ended the week with a record 10 winners, the same as the entire B …