Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National For Davy Russell And Gordon Elliott

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The 38-year-old came out the right side of a tight photo finish with Pleasant Company to land the world's most famous steeplechase.

'I've tried not to think about the race, to be honest, ' Russell told reporters of the preparations to his first Randox Health Grand National win. "It would have been heartbreaking".

"Davy (Russell, on Tiger Roll) went by me at the second-last on a fresh horse and I sort of said we weren't going to win that race to the Elbow". "I am thinking about my kids at home knowing they can be part of this wonderful event".

This year Grand National victor Tiger Roll received a hero's welcome as the champion horse and his trainer Gordon Elliott were treated to a rapturous homecoming in the village of Summerhill in Co Meath the day after their famous win in what must have been a demanding 24 hours for the connections! Del Boy is a stayer and the National is four and half miles and he is a good ride who likes to lead from the front and the quicker the race the better he goes as long as the ground has a bit of give.

Total Recall's rival for favouritism Blaklion didn't give his backers any joy at all coming down at the first whilst Ucello Conti led for a large part of the race but came to grief as he exhausted. His run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time was very good, he stayed on well to finish third, and he is well handicapped for the Grand National on that run.

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The Grand National course is often seen as one of the biggest killers because of its demanding terrain. Tiger Roll's victory at 10-1 was being hailed by the crowd before cheers turn to anxious cries as the horse either got exhausted or began to idle.

'I was speaking to him the other morning and he's as tough as nails'.

"He could have had a huff and given up, but after a couple of quiet years he has come back".

The Randox Health Grand National 2018 promised us three days of passion, thrills and entertainment, and it didn't disappoint.

Bless The Wing, another Elliott-trained horse, finished third with Anibale Fly fourth, completing an Irish clean sweep of the places.

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Hat and headpiece maker Aimee Farrell Designs, from Camlough, was delighted, saying: "My incredible client Robyn-May just went & gone and won Aintree Racecourse best dressed lady!"

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

"I was very, very lucky (with Silver Birch)".

"You hope and you pray but in my heart I knew I was beaten".

It was widely thought that Saint Are had become a Grand National fatality after a tent was placed around him following a fall at The Chair.

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