Race horse in Grand National

18 April, 2018, 03:18 | Author: Kristine Mills
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Russell travelled home to Ireland on Saturday night after his victory on the Gordon Elliott-trained horse at Aintree.

Thirteen is unlucky for some but not Russell and when that number was announced over the Aintree tannoy to confirm Tiger Roll's photo-finish victory by a head over the gallant Pleasant Company, dreams finally became reality.

'I thought I was beat before then but I had to charge Davy Russell down.

I've tried not to think about the race, to be honest.

Cook was leading on I Just Know when he fell at the fence first time round, as did Charlie Deutsch on Houblon Des Obeaux. This is brilliant for the whole yard, for my family at home, everyone.

Pleasant Company had looked beaten jumping the last but somehow found a second wind and ate up the ground between him and a tiring Tiger Roll only to be denied by the shortest of margins.

"I was very, very lucky (with Silver Birch)".

Davy Russell paid an emotional tribute to fellow jockey Pat Smullen following his sensational Grand National win on Tiger Roll.

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Cork jockey Davy Russell, the oldest rider in the race at the age of 38 and riding in his 14 National.

"And I can't afford to retire, I've got four kids!" I've been coming for years and been satisfied leaving not winning, because it is such a marvellous event.

Tiger Roll is looked after at Elliott's yard by Louise Magee, who said: "It was incredible, something you dream about, just fantastic".

She added: "It's my second time at Aintree, I came past year too but didn't enter".

The smallest horse in the field held off a late surge from Pleasant Company in one of the closest ever finishes in the historic race, which was watched by an estimated global television audience of 600 million.

'I've won this race thousands of times in my head and I've never won it like I've done today'. I thought I'd have one crack at him after the Elbow.

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

To start with, both horses were reject Flat horses. The Tom George-trained Saint Are was reported to be in a "stable condition" having been assessed by vets after falling and had returned to the racecourse stables.

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