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Rachael And Lyrath: Jumping To Glory

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

Since turning professional in 2015, star jockey Rachael Blackmore has been blazing a horse racing trail.

This made her the perfect candidate for the role of hotel ambassador for Lyrath Estate.

As Rachael and Lyrath move forward into new phases of professional development –building on years of passion and dedication – there is a natural synergy between the two.

In March, Rachael became the first female jockey to ride a winner in the Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle at the Cheltenham Festival, where she also became the first female to win the Ruby Walsh Trophy for leading jockey with six winners over four days.

Rachael went on to become the first female to win what is acknowledged as horse racing’s toughest race, the Randox Grand National.

With 40 riders and 30 fences in the race, Rachael won the hearts and minds of the racing world as she rode Minella Times to victory at Aintree.


Last month marked 15 years since Lyrath Estate officially opened its doors to welcome guests to the luxurious five-star spectacular on the outskirts of Kilkenny City.

The McAuliffes purchased the Manor House and Estate in 2003 and built around the elegant 17th century house an opulent 141-bedroom hotel.

The drama of the old house and the clean, contemporary design of the new hotel are blended seamlessly.

Development and investment in the estate continues with the latest addition of the 32-bedroom Lodge at Lyrath located adjacent to the hotel.

Also, there is the coming launch of Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms where guests can experience decadent afternoon tea surrounded by eclectic interiors inspired by Lyrath’s own Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe and her passion for botanicals and art.

“I am very happy to partner with Lyrath Estate as a hotel ambassador. I have enjoyed numerous occasions at Lyrath Estate and always appreciated the elegance, the fantastic service and the warmth of all the staff,” Rachael told Kilkenny Press.


“I’m delighted to support an Irish, family-owned hotel that continues to go from strength to strength and look forward to being a part of the journey.”

Now, as Lyrath Estate and Rachael move forward into new chapters of their stories it is fitting that both should continue their growth together, as they develop and nurture their positions in their respective fields, leaving a legacy for future generations.

“Rachael’s career is one filled with hard-work, determination and the importance of self-belief and teamwork. Her partnership with the estate is a perfect match that will be a motivational influence for Lyrath and our team as we move forward,” Niall burns, GM, Lyrath Estate said.

“Rachael’s relentless pursuit of her own career has seen her triumph within the racing world and is a perfect example of how hard work pays off.

“Similarly, Lyrath Estate celebrates 15 years of welcoming guests, and we continue on a journey, similar to that of Rachael’s, of aiming to be the best at what we do.”

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