Tiger Roll holds on to win dramatic Grand National in photo-finish


"I'm going back on the boat tonight, I can't afford Ryanair flights, but it will be some party".

"As a jockey this is the one you want to win, especially for someone like me having 14 goes".

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after her win, Robyn said: "I went for the tiara as I thought that suited the dress the most".

"We would have races over them and kick the grass into the air like the spruce flying".

'I've won this race thousands of times in my head and I've never won it like I've done today'. "She always did what was best for her children", he said.

Russell, who was once sacked by O'Leary, lost his mother recently but his thoughts were for champion flat jockey Pat Smullen, who has been diagnosed with a tumour. And that was only the jockey.

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!

The third horse home, Bless The Wings (40/1), was also trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Jack Kennedy.

Elliott launched his career when Silver Birch became his first ever victor as a trainer in the 2007 Grand National.

They say success softens your reaction to victory but there were no signs of it from the Cullentra maestro as he kissed the cameras and danced around like a mad man.

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Davy Russell guided Gordon Elliott's charge around the course expertly after the same pairing claimed the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

"This one's for Pat Smullen", said 38-year-old Russell. He rode Rule The World to win the race two years ago.

"It's known we've had our ups and our downs", O'Leary remarked.

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.

'Tiger Roll really did tire on me, ' he added.

Neither Russell, nor his race rival David Mullins, knew who had got the bob - a finish which was extraordinary for the fact that Tiger Roll seemingly had the race won inside the final 100m.

"We send horses to lots of trainers, and those that train winners get more horses, those that don't get less, and Gordon is setting different standards".

Bryony Frost was the pick of the three women jockeys in the world's most famous steeplechase - she was fifth aboard Milansbar.

With five of the first six horses home at Aintree being Irish-trained, it truly is a golden era for Irish jumps racing.