Historic weekend

Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National. Linda Doyle became the first woman to officially take up residence in number 1 Grafton Street, home to the Provost of Trinity College. Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a golf major. What on earth is going on? It’s almost enough to turn a wine guzzling classical guitarist off the drink. Almost.

It seems a woman by the name of Charlotte Brew was the first female jockey to ride in the Grand National in 1977. Not everyone approved. Ginger McCain, trainer of the legendary Red Rum, was one and he was not alone. Roll the clock on 44 years and along comes college graduate Rachael Blackmore, who worked her way up the ranks to become leading rider at this years Cheltenham Festival and then on Saturday claimed the biggest prize in jump racing on board Minella Times. A new sporting superstar has arrived.

It appears that Trinity College, Dublin are very much against doing anything in a hurry. 429 years on from their founding they finally got around to appointing a woman as Provost. What took them so long? A challenging time for all universities, Professor Doyle has her work cut out as she seeks to navigate her particular ship into calmer waters.

Meanwhile over in Augusta, Georgia, it seems the pandemic was at least of some assistance to Hideki Matsuyama as he made golfing history. Japan is something of a golf mad nation and it’s media tends to put intense scrutiny on its top performers. It seems that Matsuyama benefited from the sparse media presence at this years Masters. He also had Lady Luck on his side as he took control of the tournament following a weather delay on Saturday, adjusting to the different playing conditions superbly.

So what next? One of these fine days it may even be possible to once again enjoy a pint of draught Guinness.

The luxuries of life.

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