Tiger Roll wins Grand National in thrilling finish

Thumbs up Gordon Elliott was winning his second National

Thumbs up Gordon Elliott was winning his second NationalSTEVE DAVIES

Tiger Roll and Davy Russell held on to claim a dramatic victory in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

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

Remarkably, Tiger Roll, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was also the victor of the Virtual Grand National, a computer-simulated running of the race broadcast on ITV last night.

"I did have a big fear", winning jockey Davy Russell said. In the last five weeks alone the master of Cullentra has taken the top trainer award at the Cheltenham Festival for the second successive year, gone through the 200-winner barrier for the season in Ireland and won his first Irish Grand National with General Principle.

Continuing the Meath focus, Robbie Dunne on Gas Line Boy finished seventh and the Gavin Cromwell-trained Raz De Maree completed the top 10 with Robbie Power on board. I thought I had it, but you're so nervous watching it.

But the 19-year-old said she would have to ask her father's permission before she was allowed to drive the prize - a Range Rover Evoque. "All the way round I couldn't believe how he was going".

'Tiger Roll really did tire on me, ' he added. I was speaking to him the other morning and he's as tough as nails. "That's racing and I'm very lucky that I won it two years ago".

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

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

Tiger Roll is owned by Irish businessman Michael O'Leary, chief-executive of Ryanair.

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