Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore rushed to hospital after horror fall

Rachael Blackmore has been taken to hospital for treatment following a heavy fall at Killarney.

The Grand National-winning jockey was hurt when she came off Merry Poppins in the Download The BoyleSports App Handicap Hurdle.

The 11-10 favourite fell at the fifth flight of the the 2m 4f contest, which went off at 3.25pm.

Blackmore, who was positioned on the outside of the seven runner field, was thrown forward from the grey filly.

She then appeared to be rolled upon by her mount while lying on the ground.

Medics rushed to her aid and she has since been taken to hospital for scans on a leg injury.

In a tweet released by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, Dr Richard Downey said: "Rachael Blackmore is being taken to Tralee Hospital for further assessment on an upper leg injury following a fall in race four at Killarney. She is fully conscious."

The feature race on the card, the BoyleSports Handicap Chase (4.00), was delayed to allow Blackmore to be moved from the track into the ambulance.

Before the horrible incident, she had raced to a double, riding the Henry de Bromhead-trained Leac An Scail (7-4f) in the 2m7f mares' maiden hurdle and handicap hurdle winner Baltinglass Hill (8-1) for Philip Rothwell.

Racing TV reporter Kevin Ryan said: "Rachael has been moved into the ambulance and taken to hospital with an upper leg injury.

"She is fully conscious and can move everything. She had to be stabilised by the on-course medics before she could be moved."

In April, Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the National at Aintree aboard the JP McManus-owned Minella Times.

The previous month, she took the Cheltenham Festival by storm, scooping the champion jockey trophy with a number of memorable victories.

After starring on the likes of Honeysuckle, in the Unibet Champion Hurdle, she was the first woman to take the title.

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