Bookmakers Paddy Power are fretting over the possibility of Rachael Blackmore becoming the first woman to win the Grand National which would see them hit for £15million by lucky punters.
The 31-year-old is in the saddle of Minella Times for the 5:15pm showpiece race at Aintree on Saturday.
Blackmore finished as the top jockey at last month's Cheltenham Festival, racking up six wins over the course of the four-day event.
And there are now fears she will make history as the odds have been slashed on Minella Times coming in first out of the 40-strong field.
Punters have been backing the horse from February when it was priced at a sizeable 40/1, with it now at around the 9/1 mark.
Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield told The Sun : "Girl power could nail us to the wall with history being made and we could be staring down the barrel of a £15m pay out come 5.15pm on Saturday.
"To put it into some kind of perspective our traders haven’t experienced a headache like this since 2013, when Katie Walsh was backed into favouritism on Seabass, and there are echoes of that with Rachael’s Cheltenham heroics having huge popular mass market appeal, especially amongst our Irish customers who adore backing one of their own."
Minella Times – trained by Henry de Bromhead – is now joint-second in the odds with Burrow's Saint, behind race favourite Cloth Cap, being ridden by Tom Scudamore.
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“He’s a very solid type of horse,” Blackmore said. “His last two runs, he’s been second in two very competitive handicaps.
“He jumps really well and I think he should really enjoy these fences – he jumps from fence to fence.”
The aforementioned Walsh came third on Seabass in 2012 – still the best ever finish by a female jockey.
This year both Bryony Frost – riding 33/1 shot Yala Enki – and Tabitha Worsley – on 100/1 outsider Sub Lieutenant – make up the female contingent of riders alongside Blackmore.
Frost came fifth on Milansbar in 2018 while Blackmore came home in 10th on Valseur Lido the following year.
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