Cheltenham Pageant 2022: Rachael Blackmore and A Plus Tard win Gold Cup

Rachael Blackmore on A Plus Tard

Blackmore and A Plus Tard have formed a superb partnership
Dates: 15-18 March Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse Races: 13:30-17:30 GMT Main race: 15:30
Coverage: Commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, feature races Radio 5 live. Racecards, live text, results & reports on the BBC Sport website and app.

Rachael Blackmore created history as the first female rider to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup as the Henry de Bromhead-trained A Plus Tard triumphed.

The pair had finished second to stable-mate Minella Indo 12 months ago and Blackmore wanted to put things right.

And this time, Blackmore made no mistake on the 3-1 favourite, moving ahead of Minella Indo after the last and racing clear.

Minella Indo (7-1) was second ahead of Protektorat (10-1).

Despite her wins at last year’s Champion Hurdle and then at the Aintree Grand National and the numerous awards she won subsequently, Blackmore knew that the Gold Cup had been within her grasp last year.

In a closely-contested race, it was Minella Indo…