Blackmore also stormed home in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle with Telmesomethinggirl and won the Triumph Hurdle with Quilixios as she claimed the prestigious Ruby Walsh Trophy.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Blackmore of her success. “I share a house with Patrick Mullins and he’s got a McCoy trophy, so we’re now going to have both AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh on the mantlepiece!
“It’s phenomenal. I can’t even comprehend being leading rider in Cheltenham. Getting an award from AP McCoy in the shape of Ruby Walsh – that’s crazy!
“It’s been a brilliant week. Henry de Bromhead is just an incredible trainer and I’m just part of that team and getting on those horses.
“Honeysuckle is definitely the standout moment of the week for me. She’s extremely special and was phenomenal in the Champion Hurdle – and I got a great thrill off Allaho.
“I just walked into the weighing room there and saw my mother on ITV – I don’t know how that happened!
“It’s a shame my family can’t be here, but it’s the same for everyone. I hope everyone at home has texted WellChild and donated – those are the things in life that really matter.
“I was hoping I’d get one winner – every jockey thinks like that. When you get one, it’s some weight off your shoulders and everything is a bonus then after that.”
De Bromhead was pipped by Willie Mullins to the top trainer title at Cheltenham on countback after Galopin Des Champs won the final race of the Festival – the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
However, it was still a hugely impressive week for De Bromhead, who claimed a Gold Cup one-two and also became the only trainer ever to win the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase – the so-called Cheltenham ‘Holy Trinity’ – in the same meet.