Rachael Blackmore provides the inside track on her two rides on day one of the Grand National Festival – including Henry De Bromhead’s Bob Olinger in the Aintree Hurdle

  • Betfair has launched an initiative – the ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’
  • Blackmore is really looking forward to riding Bob Olinger in the Aintree Hurdle 
  • The jockey is hoping Dancing On My Own can win the Red Rum Chase again

Betfair Ambassador Rachael Blackmore has the chance to add to the ‘Serial Winners Fund’ before it draws to a close on Grand National Day on Saturday.

Betfair launched its one-of-a-kind charity initiative, the ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’, to benefit both the ‘Injured Jockey Fund’ and the ‘Irish Injured Jockeys’ on Betfair Chase Day last November.

They kicked-off the fund with an initial £100,000 donation and add a further £5,000 (£10k for per Cheltenham winner) every time Rachael Blackmore rides a winner. 

The fund currently stands at £205,000. 

Here, Blackmore provides the inside track on her two rides at Aintree on Thursday.

Rachael Blackmore’s two rides have a chance of adding to her Serial Winner Charity Fund

Aintree (Thursday)

3.30 – Bob Olinger

I’m really looking forward to riding Bob Olinger in the Aintree Hurdle. He was really good in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. It was great to feel the old Bob Olinger spark again this season. He really felt back to himself. When you have ridden a horse who has the ability that he has, it’s great when you get that feeling from him again.

He ran very well then in the Irish Champion Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown, he did well to keep on to finish second to the Champion Hurdler State Man.

He’s in great form at home, and hopefully he can continue running like he has been running all season. We couldn’t be happier with him, we’re really looking forward to him.

4.40 – Dancing On My Own

I’m looking forward too to riding Dancing On My Own in the Red Rum Chase. He won this race last year, so we know that he goes well at the track. He is higher in the handicap now, and conditions are going to be very different this year, but we hope that he can run well again.

He would much prefer better conditions, so the soft ground is not ideal, but he’s in great order at home and we know that he goes well at Aintree. He was very good there last year, I thought that we went a really good gallop from the start and he stuck at it really well, so hopefully he can run well again.

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