Tiger Roars to Famous National Victory

TheremarkableTigerRoll(10/1),winnerofthetwo-mile2014TriumphHurdleattheCheltenhamFestivalasafour-year-old,landedtheRandoxHealthGrandNationalinthemostdramaticfashionatAintreethisafternoon,holdingonbyjustaheadfromthegallantPleasantCompany(25/1)。

TrainedbyGordonElliott,winningtheraceforthesecondtimefollowingSilverBirch’ssuccessin2007,ownedbyMichaelO’Leary’sGigginstownHouseStudthatalsowontheNationaltwoyearsagowithRuleTheWorld,andgivenatremendousridebyveteranIrishchampionjockeyDavyRussell,thediminutiveeight-year-old?

jumpedsuperblythroughout。

Helookedasthoughhewouldrunawaytoawidemarginsuccesswhensurgingpastlong-timeleaderPleasantCompanyapproachingthesecondlastfence,butaftergoingclearattheElbow,TigerRoll,winnerof?

theCrossCountryChaseattheCheltenhamFestivalfourweeksago,begantoidleinfrontofthehugeAintreecrowdandDavidMullinsconjuredanextraordinaryrallyfromPleasantCompany。

GordonElliott(left),withMichaelOLeary,ownerofGrandNationalheroTigerRoll

Closinghandoverfisthavingbeenfivelengthsdownwith200yardstorun,PleasantCompanyforcedadesperatelyclosephoto-finish,butafterananxiouswaititwasTigerRollwhowasannouncedthewinnerbyjustahead。

BlessTheWings(40/1),alsotrainedbyElliott,stayedonstronglytofinish11lengthsawayinthird,justgettingthebetterofaphoto-finishwiththegallanttopweightAnibaleFly(10/1),thirdintheCheltenhamGoldCuplastmonth,securingvalueplaceoddsforfollowersofBetting。

nethavingbeenrecommendedat25/1each-waythreeweeksago。

Betting。

net’sotherrecommendationswereIJustKnow,intheleadwhenfallingatBecher’sBrookfirsttimeround,andSeeyouatmidnight,whowasinsecondplacethreefromhomebutfadedashisstaminalethimdown,eventuallyfinishing11th,oneplaceaheadofthefinalfinisher,12thplacedBaieDesIles,themountofKatieWalsh。

DavyRussellrodeTigerRolltovictoryinthe2018GrandNationalatAintree

Iwasafraidhewouldnttaketoitashesveryeconomicalwithhisjumping,”DavyRusselltoldOliBellofITVracing。

“Theyvedoneamarvellousjobwiththishorse。

ThisoneisforPatSmullen[championIrishjockeycurrentlyundergoingtreatmentforcancer]。

Iwasspeakingtohimtheothermorningandhesastoughasnails。

Ireallydontknowwhattosay。



Itsunbelievable,”addedastunnedElliott。

“Icantbelieveit。

TigerRollisthestablefavourite。

ItsbrilliantfortheyardandtheownersGigginstown。

Milansbar(25/1)gaveladyriderBryonyFrostafantasticridecominghomeinfifth,whileRoadToRiches(33/1)camethroughforsixth,sowithmanybettingcompaniespayingsixplacestheywillreturnvaluableplaceodds。

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