Grand National: Tiger Roll's win sinks in for Gordon Elliott

Charlene Craig
April 16, 2018

Davy Russell has previously spoken about his childhood dreams of winning this race, today that dream became a reality.

Coincidentally, David Mullins on Pleasant Company, had ridden Rule the World for Gigginstown House to win the race in 2016.

AINTREE, UNITED KINGDOM: Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the field, was described as having the "heart of a lion" after winning the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday in a thrilling finish.

Gordon Elliott was still pinching himself the morning after claiming his second Randox Health Grand National. I've said I didn't appreciate it first time round [with Silver Birch] - I'll definitely appreciate it now.

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Davy Russell, who triumphed in the National on Tiger Roll in his 14th attempt at the race, had five rides at Tramore on the south-east coast of Ireland on Sunday.

Tiger Roll, ridden by Jack Kennedy on that occasion, won by 3 ½ lengths and coincidentally, beat the Willie Mullins trained Valyssa Monterg and Jessica Harrington's Duckweed. I just think he was a bit shaken.

My record in the race certainly isn't anything to write home about, although I have won over the National fences before and Pendra gave me one of my more enjoyable experiences in this fantastic spectacle.

"The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that, but the National is so hard to win". It was my first year of training and I hadn't even a victor trained in Ireland at the time. He was the only horse who didn't immediately make it back following the race. "But then I thought "well, Davy's 38 - he hasn't got many left in him".

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At a slightly bigger price Ucello Conti would be one I fancy to run a big race.

Grand National Thursday paid homage to local Merseyside Sporting Legends with AP McCoy, Michael Owen, Katie Walsh and Sam Quek in attendance, before a fabulous day of racing got underway.

Mullins, who struck in the National with Hedgehunter in 2005, said: "That's twice Gordon has done that to me, he did it in the Irish National too!"

This year was no different and a bunch of horses fell, with many onlookers fearing it could be the end of one racer in particular: Saint Are.

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Severe weather will soon be moving into the area, and today's dramatic change in conditions is preparing the way. Through the afternoon , some isolated thunderstorms may develop around the Quad Cities area, likely non-severe.

"I was just thinking "go" and was hoping the winning post was going to keep going, but it didn't".

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