I lost my son in awful accident but Rachael Blackmore was there for me, she knew what to say – reveals Henry de Bromhead

GRAND National hero Henry de Bromhead has revealed how ‘incredible’ Rachael Blackmore helped him cope with the tragedy of losing his son.

Racing was plunged into mourning after Henry’s 13-year-old son Jack lost his life following a pony racing accident last September.

Tragic Jack de Bromhead died aged 13 after a pony racing accident

Rachael Blackmore hugs Mia de Bromhead after winning the Fortria Chase on Captain Guinness pic.twitter.com/VXk8ZYl7k6

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Blackmore and De Bromhead have formed an unbeatable partnership on the racecourse, dominating Cheltenham Festival and winning the National in 2021.

But now the trainer has praised the softly-spoken Blackmore for the strength she gave him during his darkest days.

De Bromhead told Irishracing.com: “We’ve all said what an amazing jockey she is – she’s an incredible person as well.

“She just naturally says the right thing and she’s just a really good person.

“To see her around when we had our tragedy, around the children and with their friends and all of us — she’s an incredible person apart from being a brilliant jockey.”

One recent photo shared widely on social media showed Blackmore hugging Henry’s daughter and Jack’s sister Mia after a recent success on the track.

Blackmore, who has won all of jump racing’s biggest contests, said ‘winners don’t feel the same’ after tragic Jack’s passing.

It is enormous credit to De Bromhead that he has made his way back onto racecourses to watch his stable stars in action.

The biggest one, Honeysuckle, will look to continue her unbeaten partnership with Blackmore in the Hatton’s Grace hurdle at Fairyhouse on December 4.

Not long after that all attention will turn to March’s Cheltenham Festival – where one race will be named in honour of Jack.

De Bromhead, who blew racing fans away with his kindness and generosity when delivering a heartfelt thanks to followers on TV recently, said race sponsor and Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary had agreed to change the name of the contest he sponsors.

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, which will be run on Thursday, March 17, will now be named the Jack de Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

De Bromhead told Racing TV: “Michael O’Leary has very kindly said they are going to name the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle the Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle, which is incredible.

“I’m hoping to do a Willie (Mullins) on it and try and fill the field if at all possible!”

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