Tiger Roll clings on for victory in thrilling Grand National

Tiger Roll clings on for victory in thrilling Grand National

The owner of The Kilkenny People came within millimetres of winning this year's Grand National but his horse was pipped at the post in one of the most dramatic finishes to the most famous horse races in the world.

Jockey Davy Russell on Tiger Roll celebrates winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase.

Tiger Roll and Davy Russell clear a fence at Aintree today.

Tiger Roll might be small in stature but he's a giant in his heart and he's just claimed an incredible win in the Grand National.

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

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

"The only time I enjoyed cleaning up the grass when dad cut it was around this time of the year, because I could build my own national fences out of the grass", a jubilant Russell told ITV afterwards.

He said: "I was nervous". I thought I had it but you are so nervous watching it. The 10-1 chance looked like he had just started when cruising ominously into contention crossing the Melling Road under Davy Russell.

"He'd better keep him now!"

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"Coming here I was really anxious about the ground".

Elliott led for much of the way in the race to be crowned champion trainer in his homeland last season, only to be caught by Mullins in the final days of the season.

It was a second major reverse at the hands of an Elliott horse in the space of a fortnight for Mullins, having seen his Isleofhopendreams beaten just a head in the Irish National.

"Having to beat Willie is tough, he's an awesome man and sets the standards, one of the greatest of all time and to be training at the same time as him is unbelievable".

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