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Bookies fear another Rachael Blackmore bashing as Grand National hero returns to race in UK at Sandown today

BOOKIES fear another Rachael Blackmore bashing as the Grand National hero returns to the UK.

The Cheltenham Festival superstar rides leading fancy Plan Of Attack in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown today.

The Irish raider made history when guiding Minella Times to a famous Aintree victory a fortnight ago.

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And she is chasing a second big staying prize in as many weeks aboard the Henry de Bromhead-trained eight-year-old.

De Bromhead said Blackmore was keen to travel over to ride the horse, who was a late faller when going well in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival.

Blackmore arrives in Surrey on the back of landing a treble at Kilbeggan in Ireland last night.

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Her last race – a win on 5-4 favourite Cavalry Master – came at 7.55pm so she faces a quick turnaround before going for gold at Sandown.

De Bromhead said: "Plan Of Attack seemed to be going well and all I can tell you is Rachael is very keen to go over and ride him.

"I wouldn’t be a great tipster myself, but she seems keen!

"We’re going to take our chance. It’s three miles, five furlongs and, — like we saw with Minella Times in the Grand National — this guy hasn’t really been tried over this kind of trip before."

The trainer added: "Rachael is brilliant to work with and knows how hard you have to work to succeed.

"She gets on with everyone and knows how to ride winners.

"I’ve said it all before, but I think she’s just brilliant — we’re very lucky to have her."

Blackmore, 31, has taken racing by storm this year.

She made history as the first woman to be crowned top jockey at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival in March.

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Then she made headlines worldwide when becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National earlier this month.

Blackmore will next week look to make more history in the Punchestown Festival.

She can beat Paul Townend to be crowned champion jockey in Ireland – that would be another first for a woman jockey.

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