Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll held on for a sensational Aintree Grand National victory today for trainer Gordon Elliott. 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.
Tiger Roll looked all over a victor at the elbow, but had to scramble for the post to hold off the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company with another Elliott runner Bless The Wings in third. The 10-1 chance looked like he had just started when cruising ominously into contention crossing the Melling Road under Davy Russell.
Bryony Frost, riding in the race for the first time, was the best of the three female jockeys, coming in fifth on Milansbar, trained by Neil King.
She added: "It's my second time at Aintree, I came previous year too but didn't enter".
Gordon Elliott's incredible spring season continued at Aintree this afternoon when the Betfair Ambassador's Tiger Roll tasted Grand National success.
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"He'd better keep him now!" "I'm definitely going to appreciate it now".
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".
"When we were coming in somebody said to us why don't you enter so I did. That's racing and I'm very lucky that I won it two years ago". We only beat him (Mullins) last week in the Irish National and now we've beaten him again, I can't believe it.
Tiger Roll is owned by Irish businessman Michael O'Leary, chief-executive of Ryanair.