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TV pundit claims Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore is British in embarrassing gaffe

Neesom said: “My greatest Briton is Rachael Blackmore, the first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Lovely pictures of her today back home in Ireland with her winning horse and the little Gold Cup.”
Gold Cup winner Rachael Blackmore is welcomed home to Thurles by young fan Leah Mulraney after her record-breaking week at the Cheltenham Festival. Picture by Healy Racing

Gold Cup winner Rachael Blackmore is welcomed home to Thurles by young fan Leah Mulraney after her record-breaking week at the Cheltenham Festival. Picture by Healy Racing

Kevin Palmer

British TV reporters often take credit for the success of Irish sporting stars and the latest gaffe hit new heights as Tipperary's Rachael Blackmore was hailed as one of the "Brits of the Week."

The laughable comment was made on GB News by contributor Dawn Neesom, as she named Blackmore as one of her 'Brits of the Week' on on the ‘Dan Wootton Tonight’.

It was a mistake that deserved an apology, but instead GB News celebrated the moment as they tweeted out the clip on their official Twitter page.

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Neesom said: “My greatest Briton is Rachael Blackmore, the first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Lovely pictures of her today back home in Ireland with her winning horse and the little Gold Cup.”

It was the latest in a long list of British TV channels saluting success for Irish sporting stars and claiming they are one of their own, with Blackmore joining an illustrious list that also includes Bray boxing queen Katie Taylor and Offaly golfing giant Shane Lowry.

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Meanwhile, Blackmore has been lavished with praise after a charming appearance on BBC TV, as she looked back over a year that saw her claim Cheltenham and Grand National glory on British shores.

"It has been an incredible 12 months, it really has," she said. "I felt that in Cheltenham, I was just thinking to myself it's not 12 months since the Grand National in Aintree. I just feel incredibly lucky, I really really do."


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