Tiger Roll wins Grand National in thrilling finish

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

Jumping the final fence clear, Tiger Roll looked to have the race in the bag, but with tiredness kicking in, he had to show all his bravery to hold off the late challenge of Pleasant Company.

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

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

Willie Mullins, who saddled the 25/1 runner-up Pleasant Company, said: "We were delighted with him - he jumped from fence to fence, and while it looked like he got a bit exhausted going to the second-last fence he got his second wind and ran on again".

"But it's just surreal, I don't think it's set in yet, I can't believe it". In a war of attrition like that all you want is another stride.

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"When we were coming in somebody said to us why don't you enter so I did".

The eight-year-old victor, who has won three times at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, including in the cross-country race at last month's event, had come into the race well-fancied.

Bless the Wings (40/1) finished third, well behind Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company (25/1), with Anibale Fly (10/1) taking fourth place on heavy ground under blue skies.

He is owned by airline tycoon Michael O'Leary, who also triumphed with Rule The World two years ago. "I thought I might have been done on the line, and it would have been heartbreaking but this is right up there".

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