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Rachael Blackmore rides Allaho to victory in the Ryanair Chase

Queen of Cheltenham Rachael Blackmore rides another winner as favourite Allaho puts in incredible performance to win Ryanair Chase

Rachael Blackmore continued her fine week at Cheltenham as Allaho took apart a quality field to win the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned seven-year-old simply ran his rivals into the ground from the off, with Blackmore making her intentions clear from flag-fall in setting a strong pace and putting the rest of the field under pressure.

Min, who won the race last year, tried to match his stablemate but was burned off from three out, where Allaho pulled clear of the opposition. 

Rachael Blackmore rides Allaho to victory in the Ryanair Chase on day three at Cheltenham

Blackmore celebrates after riding her fourth winner at the Cheltenham Festival this week

Victory never looked in doubt as the 3-1 favourite kept going to strike by 12 lengths from Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies, with Tornado Flyer half a length away in third for the Mullins stable and Amy Murphy’s Kalashnikov a creditable fourth. 

Blackmore, who was notching her fourth success at the meeting, said: ‘It’s incredible, as a jockey when you’re getting legged up on these kind of horses for Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins, they just know their job. It’s fantastic.

‘He was just jumping and travelling, he’s a real galloper, that’s how I rode him and it was either going to work or it wasn’t and it worked. 

Allaho, who was the 3-1 favourite, moves clear of the field during Thursday’s Ryanair Chase

Jackey Blackmore is all smiles after continuing her brilliant form at the Cheltenham Festival

‘It’s fantastic. It’s an unbelievable position I’m in.’

Allaho’s win gave trainer Willie Mullins a record fourth success in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. 

More to follow. 

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