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Robert Hynes

Rachael Blackmore's Irish Grand National mount expected to be 'backed off the boards'

Punters are expected to pile cash on Rachael Blackmore's Irish Grand National mount ahead of Monday's race.

The Tipperary jockey partners Full Time Score in the marathon contest at Fairyhouse for trainer Henry de Bromhead as she aims to add the €500,000 race to her ever-growing list of achievements.

Blackmore famously became the first woman to win the English Grand National last year weeks after being crowned the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival.

She then made more history by winning the Gold Cup at Prestbury Park last month before being brought down on board Minella Times in the National at Aintree last weekend.

But she returned to the winners enclosure the following day with a double at Tramore and it is anticipated that punters will back Full Time Score "off the boards" ahead of the 3m5f contest, which goes to post at 5pm on Monday.

Paddy Power spokesperson Rachael Kane said: "We expect punters to back Rachael Blackmore off the boards as she attempts to make it fifth time lucky on Full Time Score in the Irish Grand National for trainer Henry De Bromhead.

"She’s currently 7/1 second favourite in the betting behind the Willie Mullins trained Gaillard Du Mesnil (13/2). But if she wins, it will cost bookmakers a seven-figure sum. And considering the scorching streak she’s on at the moment, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if we end up getting burned by her…again!"

Rachael Blackmore and trainer Henry de Bromhead with A Plus Tard (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Blackmore would become the third woman to taste victory in the race after recent Dancing with the Stars winner Nina Carberry won it on Organisedconfusion in 2011 before her sister-in-law Katie Walsh triumphed on Thunder And Roses four years later.

It will be the first time since 2019 that crowds will be in attendance for the race, which is being run for the 150th time.

That coupled with the fact that it will be shown live on ITV in the UK, as well as on RTE in Ireland, means that there could be a new record betting turnover for the race.

William Hill’s Tony Kenny, said: “As the bets begin to flow in for Easter Monday’s Irish Grand National, it’s no surprise to see a fair bit of interest in Rachael Blackmore’s mount Full Time Score.

He added: “With the added bonus of ITV coverage in the UK, some familiar names returning from the Grand National at Aintree and a tempting seven places on offer with William Hill, we could see a record turnover for this year’s race.”

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