Davy Russell wins 2018 Grand National aboard Tiger Roll as

Davy Russell wins 2018 Grand National aboard Tiger Roll as

In an attritional affair that saw numerous 40-runner field fail to complete, David Mullins led for a long way on his father Willie on Pleasant Company, who jumped superbly the whole way around the four-mile-plus course but couldn't hold off the fast-finishing Tiger Roll after he loomed upsides him before two out.

Today the smallest horse in the race proved the toughest as Tiger Roll stormed to a phenomenal Grand National success to add to his three Cheltenham successes.

Elliott also saddled the third home, the 13-year-old Bless The Wings, while Tony Martin's Cheltenham Gold Cup third Anibale Fly completed an Irish-dominated finish.

"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.

Remarkably, Tiger Roll, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was also the victor of the Virtual Grand National, a computer-simulated running of the race broadcast on ITV last night.

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

He's lost his mother and I'm sure his father Gerry is very proud at home watching.

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Afterwards he told ITV: I've won this race a thousand times in my head, in my dreams as a child.

"This one is for Pat Smullen".

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

While a fellow viewer said: "More dead horses in the name of sport, I f****g hate the Grand National". "I'm definitely going to appreciate it now".

"Having to beat Willie is tough, he's an awesome man and sets the standards, one of the greatest of all time and to be training at the same time as him is unbelievable".

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

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