Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tiger Roll wins Grand National in photo finish

Tiger Roll wins Grand National in photo finish

In a battle royale approaching the line, Tiger Roll just held off a late resurgence from the Mullins' horse to edge a photo.

Fresh from his Cross-County Chase victory at Cheltenham last month, the Gordon Elliott-trained eight-year-old - Davy Russell in the saddle - was cruising into the final stretch.

Tiger Roll exhausted on the run-in as Pleasant Company (25-1) and David Mullins moved to challenge.

The incredible Tiger Roll - remarkably a victor of the 2m Triumph Hurdle as a Juvenile - has won the 2018 Aintree Grand National at Aintree this afternoon, finishing ahead of Pleasant Company, Bless The Wings, and Anibale Fly.

It is a second win in the race for Elliott, who guided Silver Birch to victory in 2007, while he also trained the third-placed finisher Bless The Wings (40-1).

Interviewed in the minutes after his win Russell, who had just won his first Grand National at 38, was visibly emotional.

'I've won this race thousands of times in my head and I've never won it like I've done today'.


"He is incredible, he made a few mistakes early on and then gave me a wonderful ride", she said.

"She was a marvellous woman, getting up at 6 a.m.to drive me around Ireland for races".

For O'Leary it was a second triumph after Rule The World in 2016.

"It's a great day for Gordon and for Davy".

A race that finished with a Mullins-Elliott 1-2 is a fitting representation of the National Hunt season in a wider sense, with the two dominant forces in the Irish training game sending out two runners that routed the opposition. He said: "It's unbelievable".

The Irish completed a clean sweep of the top four with Anibale Fly (10-1), while Bryony Frost, one of three female jockeys in the race, had an excellent run on Milansbar in fifth.

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