Tiger Roll wins Grand National at Aintree

Grand National PA split

Grand National PA split

That's racing and I'm very lucky that I won it two years ago. I'm just happy to keep going now at this stage. Jumping the final fence clear, Tiger Roll looked to have the race in the bag, but with tiredness kicking in, he had to show all his bravery to hold off the late challenge of Pleasant Company. "But then I thought "well, Davy's 38 - he hasn't got many left in him". "It is not the end of his career, but I think it is marvellous that he can now add the greatest steeplechase to his CV".

Race favourite Total Recall made a shocking error at the third and again later on the first circuit to lose any chance of winning leaving it to his unfancied Willie Mullins' stablemate Pleasant Company to almost pull off a remarkable victory.

"He (Tiger Roll) has come home and he's a bit exhausted this morning, but he's OK, thank God".

'Every jump jockey is the same, we're all just looking for opportunities.' Describing what happened after he fell from Houblon Des Obeaux, he said: 'Obviously my horse fell, and I thought I was absolutely fine.

"I won the race a thousand times in my head as child, I've been comimg here for years and it's awesome to have finally have won it", commeted the winning jockey in an emotional interview in which he recalled the recent passing of his mother.

"There was no real lightbulb moment that we realised Gordon was going to turn himself into what he has done, when he won the National first time I was like 'who is he?'".

The diminutive gelding and 10/1 shot, who won the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at the Festival in March, gave his trainer Gordon Elliott a second victory in the big race - 11 years after Silver Birch's win.

"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".

Red Rum is the most successful horse, winning the Grand National three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977.

The horse fell halfway through the race and a green tent was erected around it in front of anxious spectators.

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