Tiger Roll wins Grand National in tight finish

A very dapper gent was joined by a colourful female companion who stood out from the crowds in a hat festooned with orange and purple feathers

Davy Russell had been dreaming of winning the Grand National since he was a kid - and his dream finally came true when he rode Tiger Roll to a dramatic victory at a sun-drenched Aintree.

The Gordon Elliott-trained eight-year-old looked to be cruising to victory under Davy Russell, but the fast-finishing Pleasant Company summoned up a late burst to push the 10/1 shot all the way.

Bless The Wings, the winner's stablemate was third, and Anibale Fly was fourth, with Irish runners dominating the 4.5-mile race.

"It's unbelievable for Davy Russell".

"I said I didn't appreciate the first time round".

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Tiger Roll was a second win in the National for Elliott, who was successful in 2007 with Silver Birch.

"I'm very fond of this horse now - I'm thinking of adopting him as my fifth child!"

"I won the race a thousand times in my head as child, I've been comimg here for years and it's wonderful to have finally have won it", commeted the winning jockey in an emotional interview in which he recalled the recent passing of his mother.

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

There's no shortage of intrigue with this year's race, and if you're looking to have a flutter, we've also got a guide to the best Grand National 2018 each-way bets. We only beat him (Mullins) last week in the Irish National and now we've beaten him again, I can't believe it.

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