May 14, 2021

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HOT OR NOT: Rachael Blackmore changed the narrative around the National Hunt race

HOT OR NOT: Rachael Blackmore changed the narrative around National Hunt’s race after huge win at Aintree … but UEFA puffed it up again after banning Glen Kamara

  • Rachael Blackmore made history at Cheltenham and Aintree this year
  • It wasn’t easy to change the narrative after the Gordon Elliott episode, but she did
  • UEFA’s decision to grant Glen Kamara a three-game suspension was odd
  • They can’t tolerate retaliation, but a chat or a callback might have been better

It’s hot or not the weather again Sportsmail RIATH AL-SAMARRAI reveals what makes him feel hot and what leaves him cold this week.



Six winners at Cheltenham, the big winner at Aintree. She made history with both and with it delivered the best body of work on UK soil in this sporting year.

Changing the narrative around the National Hunt run after the Gordon Elliott episode took time, but Blackmore succeeded.

Rachael Blackmore was the big winner at Aintree and changed the narrative of National Hunt Racing


Six months ago, he was in tears and was considering the end of his career.

This week, he won three consecutive stages of the Tour of Turkey at the age of 35.

Eddy Merckx’s record for stage wins in the Tour de France could be threatened again.


There have been a number of impressive moments since his return from a cocaine ban, but nothing quite matched the feat of facing Novak Djokovic on clay and blowing him in straight sets.

He even aimed at Djokovic’s behavior, so just the right amount of old Dan Evans lives on.



One problem is the length of Ondrej Kudela’s 10-game ban for “ racist behavior ” against Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara. It should take longer, but these cases are tricky.

The strangest decision concerns the three-game suspension granted to Kamara for assaulting Kudela in response.

Sure, they can’t tolerate retaliation, but a ban instead of a chat or a reminder? We have the impression that UEFA has inflated it again.

It was an odd move to give Glen Kamara (left) a three-game ban for assaulting Ondrej Kudela

It was an odd move to give Glen Kamara (left) a three-game ban for assaulting Ondrej Kudela


It was the Hampshire goalkeeper who had the ball in his right hand but puzzled Hassan Azad of Leicestershire with his left.

If you watch the video, he then does six or seven punches with his teammates and he’s pretty happy. A little dirty, all in all.


Really good player, maybe good enough for the England team this summer, but for a long time he has drawn curious opinions on his attitude or behavior.

Some were quite unfair, and others, like those following his trip to Ayoze Perez’s house party, less so.