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Women Getting the Jump on Men at Cheltenham: Female Riders Miles Ahead


Horse racing fans descend on Cheltenham every year in March for one of the biggest National Hunt events in the world. The home of world champions, iconic trainers, and legendary jockeys since 1860, the annual four-day festival commands attention whatever your equestrian preferences.

Against the odds

As ever, the latest Cheltenham odds are littered with top prospects and seasoned stayers, including Gerri Colombe, who was tipped at 5/4 in the 2023 Broadway Novices Chase. Riding the top tips are, as you’d expect, some of the top male jockeys in the business. However, something that often gets lost in the mix is the fact women have ridden at Cheltenham.

In fact, if you look through the 2023 Cheltenham horse race betting markets, you’ll see the name Rachael Blackmore. Racing fans will be familiar with Blackmore’s name as she became the first female rider to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2022. Blackmore’s stunning victory A Plus Tard shone a spotlight on females in the sport and, in 2023, she’s going for it again.

Golden Girl Blackmore

Blackmore is riding A Plus Tard in the Gold Cup, as well as other horses throughout the festival, including Captain Guinness and Western Diego. As it stands,…

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