Aintree in pictures

Rachael Blackmore made history at Aintree when becoming the first ever female jockey to win the Grand National.

Riding the Henry de Bromhead-trained Minella Times, Blackmore’s triumph topped a stellar day’s racing as the famous meeting culminated memorably.

Here, the PA news agency tells the story of 2021 Grand National day in pictures:

Hometown Boy survives an error at the last to take the EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle for Ciaran Gethings and Stuart Edmunds
Hometown Boy survives an error at the last to take the opening EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle for Ciaran Gethings and Stuart Edmunds (Tim Goode/PA)

My Drogo looks a hugely exciting prospect as he wins the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle for Harry and Dan Skelton
My Drogo looks a hugely exciting prospect as he wins the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle for Harry and Dan Skelton (Tim Goode/PA)

Shishkin clearing a fence on the way to victory in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase
Shishkin clearing a fence on the way to victory in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Tim Goode/PA)

Thyme Hill surging towards the line to win the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle for Tom O'Brien and Philip Hobbs
Thyme Hill surges towards the line to win the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle for Tom O’Brien and Philip Hobbs (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

The 2021 Grand National field shortly after the start
The 2021 Grand National field shortly after the start (Tim Goode/PA)

Minella Times, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, clears the last before winning the Randox Grand National
Minella Times (right), ridden by Rachael Blackmore, clears the last before winning the Randox Grand National (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Minella Times and Rachael Blackmore cross the line to win the 2021 Grand National
Minella Times and Rachael Blackmore cross the line to win the 2021 Grand National (Tim Goode/PA)

The first ever female winner of the Grand National - Rachael Blackmore
The first ever female jockey to win the Grand National – Rachael Blackmore (Tim Goode/PA)

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