Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Tiger on a Roll for Gordon Elliott at Aintree

Tiger on a Roll for Gordon Elliott at Aintree

The Mullins-trained Pleasant Company staged a dramatic late rally, but the judge confirmed Tiger Roll the victor by a head.

Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll held on for a sensational Aintree Grand National victory today for trainer Gordon Elliott.

Bless the Wings (40/1) finished third, well behind Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company (25/1), with Anibale Fly (10/1) taking fourth place on heavy ground under blue skies.

"I can't beleive it, Tiger Roll is a stable favourite, but I'm going to get my photograph taken", was the immediate reaction of trainer Gordon Elliott.

Jockey Davy Russell on Tiger Roll celebrates winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase.

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"I did have a big fear", winning jockey Davy Russell said. Road To Riches completed a clean sweep for Irish trainers with the first six finishes. Watch above as we bring you the highlights of The Randox Health Grand National 2018. "I'm definitely going to appreciate it now".

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

"On the way down the commentator said I was the oldest in the race so I thought "I'd better not come back next year".

"This one is for Pat Smullen".

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

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"It's been an unbelievable training performance from Gordon to turn him from a Triumph Hurdle victor into a National victor. We got very close and I'm over the moon".

It was a second major reverse at the hands of an Elliott horse in the space of a fortnight for Mullins, having seen his Isleofhopendreams beaten just a head in the Irish National.

Bryony Frost, one of three women jockeys in the race attempting to make history by being the first female victor, was fifth on Milansbar.

Tiger Roll is owned by Irish businessman Michael O'Leary, chief-executive of Ryanair.

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