Racing sensation is a winner alright on opening day

Winner alright. Rachael Blackmore steers Mr Tambourine Man to victory in Killarney.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

GRAND National winner Rachael Blackmore took Killarney by storm this afternoon with a brilliant hat-trick on the first of the three-day May meeting.

Just like at Aintree and Cheltenham – where she was leading jockey – the brilliant Blackmore made opening day her own at a near deserted racecourse with many people in Killarney not even aware the races were on.

Rachael in Killarney where she had a hat-trick of winners this Sunday.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

She piloted 4/1 shot Mr Tambourine Man to victory over hurdles for trainer John Halley in the Follow Killarney Races On Insta Maiden Hurdle to give the Grand National sensation the first leg of her treble.

The scene at Killarney Racecourse with the runners and riders in the shadow of the magnificent St Mary’s Cathedral.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Blackmore made it a double on Henry de Bromhead’s 2/1 shot Cavalry Master in the Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Novice Chase and the top jockey completed her hat-trick on Gin On Lime (15/8) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase, again for Henry De Bromhead.

Clouds gathering overhead as jockeys socially distance while awaiting clearance from the stewards at the Killarney Races May Meeting on Sunday. Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

In the feature race of the day, the €40,000 Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd Handicap Hurdle, Racheal was riding Annexation for De Bromhead but she failed to feature and fell three fences from the finish.