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Grand National to feature two female jockeys with Blackmore set to join Kelly

• Rachael Blackmore expected to ride Valseur Lido in National
• Blackmore had a first tilt at the National last year

Rachael Blackmore is expected to be aboard Valseur Lido in Saturday’s Grand National, making two female jockeys who are now set to take part in the famous Aintree marathon. Blackmore, who is currently lying second in the race to be champion jockey in Ireland, will join Lizzie Kelly in the race, Kelly having already been booked to partner Tea For Two. No woman rider has won the National, though Katie Walsh rode the third-placed Seabass in 2012.

Valseur Lido is the last remaining National entrant for Henry de Bromhead, for whom Blackmore rides as first jockey, following the withdrawal yesterday of Sub Lieutenant. De Bromhead confirmed Valseur Lido as an intended runner and said: “His form’s a little bit in and out but probably one of his best runs in the last 12 months was in the National last year, so we’re hoping the fences’ll bring the best out in him.

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