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Bryony Frost rushed to hospital after heavy fall on Yala Enki in Grand National as Rachael Blackmore makes history

BRYONY FROST has been taken to hospital after a heavy fall at The Grand National.

The jockey was riding Yala Enki when she crashed to the turf requiring instant medical attention.

Bryony Frost has been taken to hospital after a fall at The Grand National

Frost will now undergo further assessment although it is not believed the horse was seriously injured.

Yala Enki, trained by Paul Nicholls, was fancied as a 30/1 shot before the race.

ITV did sadly confirmed horse The Long Mile tragically died following a fall.

In a tweet, they wrote: “The Long Mile has sadly passed away following an injury in The Randox Grand National Handicap Chase. Our thoughts are with connections at this difficult time”

History was made at Aintree as Rachael Blackmore smashed the glass ceiling by becoming the first female jockey to win the famous race.

Blackmore, who was top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, steered Minella Times to a famous victory with Balko Des Flos, with monster odds of 100-1, finishing in second.

Not since February 1839, when the Grand National was first run, had a woman crossed the line in first.

But Irish rider Blackmore, 31, looked in total control over the four-mile course, never once seriously troubled as horses all around struggled over the famous fences.

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Grand National on Minella Times
The Irish jockey, 31, made more history this year at Aintree after winning on Minella Times
Rachael Blackmore takes victory on 11-1 shot Minella Times

And she said afterwards: “I just cannot believe it He was an absolutely sensational.

“By god, what Henry de Bromhead does with these horses. I just can’t believe it.

“This is unbelievable. He was just incredible. I was trying to wait as long as I could. When we jumped the last and I asked for a bit, he was there.

“I don’t feel male or female right now. I don’t even feel human.”

Katie Walsh previously held the best record for a woman, when she finished third on Seabass in 2012.

Any Second Now finished in third ahead of Burrows Saint and Farclass.

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