From the Cheltenham heroine who had spent three weeks trying to play down the hype, there was no holding back at Aintree.
"Just phenomenal. It's so incredibly special," Rachael Blackmore told Sky News, after following up her Cheltenham finish as leading rider by adding an historic National triumph as well.
Some 44 years after Charlotte Brew was the National's first woman jockey (on Barony Fort, a 200-1 chance which refused at the 27th fence), Blackmore delivered a dream.
From the moment she swooped to the front on Minella Times in the closing stages, the outcome looked assured, and she finished six-and-a-half lengths clear. Her enormous grin told a story.
"As I started riding as a jockey, I never thought I'd get to ride in the National, let alone come home in front," Blackmore said.
"It's the Grand National, you know, anything can happen, and anything did happen to me today, but in a good way. It's incredible."
Underlining the point about the uncertain nature of the sport, the other leading woman jockey in the race, Bryony Frost, needed hospital checks after a heavy fall.
"Hopefully Bryony is okay," Blackmore said. "It's part of our job, and if you get to walk away it's a good day."
This day was better than good for Blackmore, and for Aintree, whose officials began the meeting coping with their first COVID-enforced crowdless National, and then delivered an assured and agile response to the death of Prince Philip.
Blackmore has been reluctant to be called a trailblazer, but accepted the tag if it applies to both sexes.
"If you want to be a jockey," she said, "you just have to work really hard, male or female I think, and I hope it just inspires any young people out there to give it a go, because you never know what might happen."
She proved that all right, the girl from Tipperary who dreamed of this day since childhood, and she surely will not be the last woman to ride back into the National winners enclosure.