Tiger Roll wins the Grand National

Tiger Roll ridden by Jockey Davy Russell (left) leads from Pleasant Company ridden by Jockey David Mullins (right) on the way to winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase.
Tiger Roll ridden by Jockey Davy Russell (left) leads from Pleasant Company ridden by Jockey David Mullins (right) on the way to winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase.
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Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell, won the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

Tiger Roll and Davy Russell held on to claim a dramatic victory.

Gordon Elliott’s eight-year-old landed his third Cheltenham Festival success in the Cross-Country Chase last month, to go with previous victories in the Triumph Hurdle and National Hunt Chase, and was among the market principals for the world’s most famous steeplechase.

Russell cut a confident figure throughout the four-and-a-quarter-mile contest on the 10-1 shot and cruised to the front in the home straight.

But just when he looked to have victory sewn up, the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company, who had been ridden prominently and jumped boldly, came with a late rattle to almost join him on the line.

However, after a brief wait the judge confirmed Tiger Roll the narrow winner.

Bless The Wings, the winner’s stablemate was third, and Anibale Fly was fourth, as Irish runners dominated.