Rachael Blackmore’s Serial Winners Fund raises £250,000 after Grand National at Aintree… with the Betfair backed project set to support jockeys adversely affected by the world of horse racing

Betfair have rounded up the final figure of the Rachael Blackmore Serial Winners Fund to £250,000 as the charity initiative ended at Aintree on Saturday.

The fund, which celebrates and recognises the determination and hard work of jockeys in the world of racing, was officially launched last November on Betfair Chase day at Haydock Park.

Betfair made an initial £100,000 donation, before pledging to donate an additional £5,000 every time Blackmore rides a winner between until Grand National Day.

The Irish jockey has raised £210,00 in total across the 140 days, including winning two races at Cheltenham.

Betfair have confirmed they have rounded up the final figure to £250,000.

Rachael Blackmore, right, rode Minella Indo to a third place finish at the Grand National

I Am Maximus, ridden by Paul Townend, secured victory in the Grand National at Aintree

I Am Maximus, ridden by Paul Townend, secured victory in the Grand National at Aintree

Blackmore has succeeded in raising £250,000 for charities as part of the Serial Winners Fund

Blackmore has succeeded in raising £250,000 for charities as part of the Serial Winners Fund


28/11/23 – Banprionsa – Tramore

09/12/23 – Slade Steel – Navan

16/12/23 – Chigorin – Fairyhouse

17/12/23 – Birdie Or Bust – Thurles

17/12/23 – Easy Fella – Thurles

26/12/23 – The Folkes Tiara – Leopardstown

28/12/23 – Music Of Tara – Leopardstown

31/12/23 – Monty’s Star – Punchestown

01/01/24 – Bob Olinger – Cheltenham

12/01/24 – Quilixios – Naas

25/01/24 – Ain’t That A Shame – Gowran Park

04/02/24 – Heart Wood – Leopardstown

17/02/24 – Lantry Lady – Gowran Park

18/02/24 – Senior Chief – Punchestown

21/02/24 – Majestic Force – Punchestown

24/02/24 – Theatre Native – Fairyhouse

10/03/24 – Ragland Road – Naas

12/03/24 – Slade Steel – Cheltenham

13/03/24 – Captain Guinness – Cheltenham

11/04/24 – Bob Olinger – Aintree (justice payout for losing by a nose and losing Stewards enquiry)

Proceeds will be evenly split between the Injured Jockeys Fund and Irish Injured Jockeys, charities which improve the lives of jockeys in the UK and Ireland.

‘The Serial Winners Fund was an incredible initiative run by Betfair throughout the season in support of the Injured Jockeys Fund in Ireland and UK, it’s one that I am very proud to have been a part of,’ said Blackmore.

‘This really is a substantial donation, generously topped up by Betfair, and will support the vital work they carry out helping jockeys in all areas of their lives.’

The charity initiative had been launched in conjunction with Betfair’s ‘Serial Winner’ documentary series, which focused on Blackmore.

‘The Serial Winners Fund has been a fantastic journey for all of us; Betfair, the IJF, Irish injured jockeys and Rachael. Its been a real team effort from the start, and we’ve all been cheering Rachael on,’ said Charlotte Booth, Betfair chief commercial officer.

‘Our team visited both Oaksey House in Lambourn and the RACE facility in Ireland and witnessed firsthand the work both charities do. 

‘It’s nothing short of amazing to see the services and support they provide to jockeys and the dedication of the teams. These are such important charities for the racing community, and I am sure this initiative has raised awareness of these great causes. 

‘Rachael has been brilliant throughout and the highlight must be her two Cheltenham winners, which added £20,000 to the pot. 

Blackmore rode Minella Indo to third place in the Grand National on Saturday as the initiative came to an end.

A second Grand National triumph looked possible as Minelle Indo challenged in the closing stages but I Am Maximus came through to win at Aintree, with Delta Work second.

‘Coming to the Canal turn we thought that Rachel and Minella Indo were going to finish the initiative in the most spectacular way, but I am Maximus had other ideas,’ said Lisa Handcock, IJF chief executive. 

‘It’s been a wonderful campaign for us and we are so grateful to the Betfair team for supporting us so very generously.’

Michael Higgins, General Manager, the Irish Injured Jockeys added: ‘We’re delighted to be part of the Betfair Serial Winners Fund with our UK colleagues the IJF. Thanks to Betfair for generosity and Rachael for her winners.’

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