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

Danny Woods
April 15, 2018

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

The incredible Tiger Roll - remarkably a victor of the 2m Triumph Hurdle as a Juvenile - has won the 2018 Aintree Grand National at Aintree this afternoon, finishing ahead of Pleasant Company, Bless The Wings, and Anibale Fly.

Bless The Wings was third after a photo finish from Anibale Fly in fourth.

"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.

Tiger Roll, owned by Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary, also gave trainer Gordon Elliott a second win, having previously triumphed with Silver Birch in 2007. Road To Riches completed a clean sweep for Irish trainers with the first six finishes. I thought I had it but you are so nervous watching it. "I'm definitely going to appreciate it now".

'Tiger Roll really did tire on me, ' he added.

"It's a wonderful event I love it so much, I've been coming here for years, hoping..." he said.

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"This one is for Pat Smullen".

"When we were coming in somebody said to us why don't you enter so I did".

"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". "We got very close and I'm over the moon".

Bryony Frost was the pick of the three women jockeys in the world's most famous steeplechase - she was fifth aboard Milansbar.

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.

Hopes had been high of a second consecutive Scottish success, following One for Arthur's victory a year ago, but it was not to be.

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