The national victory is still sinking Henry De Bromhead Racing News
Henry de Bromhead was still on nine clouds Sunday morning after rehearsing two at Aintree at the Randox Grand National on Saturday.
The Minella Times, who had just emerged as the first coach to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival the same week, gave the Knockeen manager national glory while roommate Balko Des Flos finished second.
After arriving home from Cheltenham, De Bromhead must be quarantined according to Covent-19 protocols in five days – giving him plenty of time to reflect on the greatness of his achievements and Rachael Blackmore.
He said: “We got a safe ad at home last night and I have a big smile this morning, for sure.
“It’s unbelievable – unreal. It’s hard to take everything, to be honest. Hopefully it will eventually sink.
“It’s a pity we can’t celebrate properly, but isn’t it great that he was able to get everything going?”
De Bromhead’s remarkable success has left Blackmore in the shadows, as she was the first woman in history to win the National – as she was in the Champion Hurdle with the magnificent Honeysuckle mare.
The coach has only praised his stable jockey, adding: “I’m very happy for Rachael. She’s great for him and no one deserves more.”
The Minella Times, Balko Des Flos and Chris’s Dream – the four-time Grand National rider who was sent off – have reportedly returned to Ireland in good form.
The winner is unlikely to submit again this season.
De Bromhead said: “They’re all at home and all three look great.
“I haven’t talked to anyone about the plans yet, but I’d be surprised (if he runs again this season).”
Owner JP McManus won the Grand National for the second time in 2010 with the success of Don’t Push It, which made him famous for his first and only victory in the race, which he gave 20 times to jockey champion Sir Anthony McCoy.
McManus race director Frank Berry said: “It was a wonderful day and a great performance for the Rachael and Minella Times. All of them are worthy of Henry and his team for their fit and well-produced horse.
“I’m happy for JP and the whole family. It was a special occasion, Rachael was the winner – it’s a bit of history.
“Rachael has done it in a hard way. She has come from the bottom up and worked very hard. It’s very good now to see her riding on good horses and delivering goods.”
Speaking about Minella Times’ future plans, Berry added: “You won’t see him again this year. He’ll have a great summer in Martinstown and after that we’ll have a campaign next year.
“(Next year’s Great Nation) has been around for a long time, but you’d like to think it’ll be there again.”
Ted Walsh, who seemed to be the best of the seven runners owned by McManus on the 40-man field, trained in Any Second Now, as he ran a great race for third place after badly preventing a Double Shuffle fall on the 12th fence.
Berry said: “He had an absolute Blinder. He caught up with a Faller and Mark (Walsh) gave him a wonderful ride to re-nurse the race.
“That’s the joy of the National. You need a little luck in the day.”