Emotional Davy Russell Makes Touching Tribute After Grand National Triumph

16 April, 2018, 14:52 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Tiger Roll triumphed in a thrilling, nail-biting finish to the Randox Health Grand National to give his trainer, Gordon Elliott, a second win in the race, and ensure an Irish clean sweep of the first four places.

The Mullins-trained Pleasant Company staged a dramatic late rally, but the judge confirmed Tiger Roll the victor by a head.

Third was Bless the Wings - another from the all-conquering Gordon Elliott stable - and fourth Anibale Fly under the 2003 winning jockey Barry Geraghty.

You can see the parade from the community centre to the village on the video below.

"It's some buzz and it'll be a long night!"

"This horse is small but he has the heart of a lion", said O'Leary.

"Thankfully the line came in time". He was very impressive last time at Newbury and the track and ground will suit.

'So when you're feeling them out there you have just got to do what is natural. "And it's the way he keeps coming back and back again". I'm very proud of him.

"He's feeling good about it and we're looking forward to getting him home".

"The girls will tell you he's a bit like a tiger at home".

He does have some very good form in the book, having finished second in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival previous year.

One Horse was put down during the three day festival at Aintree.

"The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that, but the National is so hard to win". He was the only horse who didn't immediately make it back following the race.

Ms Unwin said the weather was disappointing but added: "We're going to get over that, I'm sure". They looked after him well at Aintree.

Elliott leads his big rival heading into the all-deciding Punchestown Festival as he seeks a first championship, and he smiled: "Whatever happens, I've had a great season, but if I could do it there would be a bigger party than there is here today!" "It is incredible to have finally won; it is a marvelous event", he said.

I've tried not to think about the race, to be honest. He's a little character. "In a war of attrition like that, all you want is another stride". He's a amusing, little quirky horse, but he's lovely.

He added: "Gordon might be having a big celebration tonight, but I won't be, I'm riding at Tramore on Sunday".

Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory.

"She was a marvellous woman", said Russell. It's two years since I had an experience like that.



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