Tiger Roll wins Grand National thriller

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     HAVING A MARE This visitor nearly popped out of her red jumpsuit

FLYNET- SPLASH NEWS HAVING A MARE This visitor nearly popped out of her red jumpsuit

'This one is for Pat Smullen, ' he said directly after the biggest win of his career.

"He's a bit of a character and he probably is a real favourite in the yard".

Tiger Roll, owned by Michael O'Leary, won the race after a photo finish edging out Malcolm Denmark's Pleasant Company. "It's unbelievable for Davy Russell - his father Jerry is, I'm sure, very proud watching him at home".

'I think it must have hit the muscle or something and I just couldn't sit up. "I've a brother-in-law at home that keeps the whole show going for me, my brothers and sisters and dad and obviously with mam passing recently, she was a marvelous woman".

Despite a gallant effort David Mullins, jockey on runner-up Pleasant Company, had to settle for second place.

In the last few desperate strides the winning post arrived just in time as the pair flashed past the line together, with Tiger Roll just nicking it.

Cork jockey Davy Russell, the oldest rider in the race at the age of 38 and riding in his 14 National.

"The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that, but the National is so hard to win".

Saint Are, who was kept overnight at the Aintree racecourse stables after a fall in Saturday's Randox Health Grand National, has received an upbeat report from his trainer Tom George.

"And I can't afford to retire, I've got four kids!"

Following an exclusive long term partnership with Carm Productions and The Jockey Club, Inspired's Virtual Grand National 2018 was broadcast for the first time on national television in the United Kingdom on Friday evening ahead of the live event on Saturday afternoon.

"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?'".

"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". In fact, of the 12 horses that completed the race, a total of eight are trained in Ireland.

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