Grand National Result: Elliott's Tiger roars to Aintree success

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Tiger Roll, owned by Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary, gave trainer Gordon Elliott his second win in the race having won it in 2007 with Silver Birch.

Tiger Rol has won the Grand National Steeplechase in a photo finish over Pleasant Company in one of the closest races in years at Aintree.

Ridden by the trainer's nephew David Mullins, who claimed National glory aboard Rule The World in 2016, Pleasant Company looked booked for minor honours when the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll swept to the front, but staged a remarkable rally.

Jumping efficiently just behind the leaders, the recent Cheltenham Festival victor traded at a high of [17.0] in-running before making steady progress in the closing stages.

The third horse home, Bless The Wings (40/1), was also trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Jack Kennedy.

Anibale Fly finished fourth, making it a 1-2-3-4 for Irish runners.

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The eight-year-old victor, who has won the Triumph Hurdle, National Hunt Chase and Cross-Country at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, had come into the race well-fancied and was well in contention throughout before surging clear of the rest of the field late on. "I just wanted him to keep going to the winning post!" "But then I thought "well, Davy's 38 - he hasn't got many left in him". The horse is now a National victor in addition to having won three different Cheltenham Festival races.

Hat and headpiece maker Aimee Farrell Designs, from Camlough in Co Armagh, was also celebrating last night, saying: "My wonderful client Robyn-May just went & gone and won Aintree Racecourse best dressed lady!"

"Tiger Roll is unbelievable and I'm very lucky to be training for the O'Learys". And I can't afford to retire, I've got four kids!'

But Pleasant Company lifted off the canvas once more, only to dive and miss. His recovery means all the horses in Saturday's big race were unscathed.

Winning the Aintree Grand National on Saturday is one thing but to turn up at Tramore yesterday and win the opener is another.

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