Grand National 2022: Punters back RachaelBlackmore and Minella Times for the double

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Rachael’s 2021 Grand National winner Minella Time is now joint favourite to win this year’s race at Aintree with Snow Leopardess

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Rachael BLACKMO: A female jockey who breaks down barriers

Rachael BLACKMORE is supported by the Punters to win the Grand National double aboard Minella Times.

On the day of the big race, top jockeys have rallied behind reigning Aintree team. The stats were against the top weight following up but the money has come in for the Henry de Bromhead trained chaser. Minella Times’ odds of winning have fallen by several points over the past 24 hours.

William Hill has the nine-year old colt as 8-1 joint favourite with Snow Leopardess. Snow Leopardess is bidding to become the first mare in the pot since 1951.

William Hill spokesperson, Tony Kenny said: “The build-up to the Grand National this week was all about Snow Leopardess, but the tide has turned and punters are now rushing to back last year’s champion Minella Times. Last year’s winner has been really well-backed in the last 24 hours or so and is now the 8/1 joint-favourite alongside Snow Leopardess as punters latch on to Rachael Blackmore once more.

“Given Blackmore’s popularity it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Minella Times went off a clear favourite come post time tomorrow.”

The pair made the headlines 12 months ago, when Blackmore was the first female jockey to win the race. Minella Times relished the jumping test of the spruce fences and went on to defeat his stablemate Balko Des Flos by six-and-a-half lengths.

But this year the popular runner appears to have a stiff task. He has raced only twice since and not completed the course in either run. Last seen on the racecourse at Leopardstown in February, he weakened out of contention and Blackmore pulled him up before the final fence.

De Bromhead has given positive updates about the JP McManus-owned gelding since however.

“We think he loved it last year and we’re very hopeful that Aintree will reignite him again,”He stated. “Obviously, he has been disappointing, but he did love it there last year and we really think he’s really coming back to himself finally and we couldn’t be happier with him.”

Minella Times will be saddled this year with the top weight, an achievement last accomplished by the 1974 was a great year for Red Rum. Aintree legend, with three Nationals on the record, is the most well-known winner. Tiger Roll won back–to-back in 2018 & 2019.

The history shows that jockeys have a greater chance of winning consecutive renewals if the previous year’s winner is not riding. Leighton Aspell won Pineau de Re 2014 and Many Clouds in 2015.

National heroes are often able to return and do a decent race, even if they don’t win the trophy. The last two decades have seen Don’t Push It (and Hedgehunter) in that category. Minella Times’s success in this race would be a great achievement. Plus, he must give weight to many interesting candidates, such as the Eclair Surf, who is well-handicapped.

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Blackmore is also believed to have a tough task in repeating her historic moment. This is despite the fact that mathematicians are also unsure of other trends.

“She’s the favourite – she’s grey, she’s a mare, she’s won her last three races, her age is good at 10, weight is close to the optimum at 10 stone 9 pounds, and she’s wearing the lucky colour blue,” he added.