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battling Rachael Blackmore produces another piece of brilliance after fall at Cheltenham

Blackmore produced yet another moment of extraordinary brilliance at Cheltenham today when somehow staying aboard Gin On Lime.

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The only two runners in the race, Gin On Lime ridden by Rachael Blackmore (behind) and My Drogo ridden by Harry Skelton both fall during the SSS Super Alloys Novices' Chase on day one of the November Meeting at Cheltenham racecourse. Photo credit: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

The only two runners in the race, Gin On Lime ridden by Rachael Blackmore (behind) and My Drogo ridden by Harry Skelton both fall during the SSS Super Alloys Novices' Chase on day one of the November Meeting at Cheltenham racecourse. Photo credit: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

The only two runners in the race, Gin On Lime ridden by Rachael Blackmore (behind) and My Drogo ridden by Harry Skelton both fall during the SSS Super Alloys Novices' Chase on day one of the November Meeting at Cheltenham racecourse. Photo credit: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Rachael Blackmore produced yet another moment of extraordinary brilliance at Cheltenham today when somehow staying aboard Gin On Lime (7/4) at the second last fence before scoring victory in the novices’ chase this afternoon.

All the talk beforehand was of just two going to post in a match race between Dan Skelton's My Drogo (4/9 favourite) and Henry de Bromhead's Gin On Lime, but the pair produced enough drama to rival any race at the Cotswolds when coming to grief at the second last.

My Drogo looked to slightly have the upper hand jumping the penultimate fence in front before parting ways with Harry Skelton while Gin On Lime went down on all fours under Blackmore before she incredibly stayed on board.

The record-breaking jockey, the first female to land the Aintree Grand National with success aboard Minella Times last April, showed remarkable balance to remain in the saddle before getting the five-year-old moving again.

Blackmore then negotiated the final fence before coasting home alone in one of the most dramatic finales in living memory with De Bromhead hailing the Tipperary rider after the latest illustration of her unrivalled class.

"It's just mad isn't it really to be honest,” the Waterford trainer said. "You don't expect that to happen, incredible sit by Rachael. She's just an amazing lady really isn't she?

"I thought it was very unfair on the favourite, he didn't deserve it after the way he had jumped. I thought his jumping was spectacular really, but it just happened for us and you have to take those as well so it's fantastic to get it in a sense."

The 32-year-old, the first lady rider to be crowned leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year, deservedly received a thunderous ovation upon return to the winners' enclosure as her amazing year continues.

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