Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Tiger Roll clings on to prevail in Grand National thriller at Aintree

Tiger Roll clings on to prevail in Grand National thriller at Aintree

Gordon Elliott promised to appreciate his second Randox Health Grand National success far more than he did his first after Tiger Roll clung on in a thriller at Aintree.

Russell, 38, dedicated his victory to leading Flat jockey Pat Smullen, who was diagnosed with a tumour last month, and said: "As a jockey this is the one you want to win, especially for someone like me, having 14 goes". "It would have been heartbreaking".

A student from Co Armagh was celebrating yesterday after winning the annual style contest on ladies day at the Grand National festival at Aintree.

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He said: "I was nervous".

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

"I've won this race a thousand times in my head, in my heart, at home".

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"The only time I enjoyed cleaning up the grass when dad cut it was around this time of the year, because I could build my own national fences out of the grass", a jubilant Russell told ITV afterwards. Watch above as we bring you the highlights of The Randox Health Grand National 2018. "We got very close and I'm over the moon". He had a new baby last week, too.

"On the way down the commentator said I was the oldest in the race so I thought "I'd better not come back next year".

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

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This year Elliott holds a big lead heading into the final weeks and his General Principle narrowly outpointed the Mullins-trained Isleofhopendreams in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.

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