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'This is the race' - Russell savours his Grand National glory

17 April 2018, 07:18 | Elsie Buchanan

A very dapper gent was joined by a colourful female companion who stood out from the crowds in a hat festooned with orange and purple feathers

A very dapper gent was joined by a colourful female companion who stood out from the crowds in a hat festooned with orange and purple feathers

Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the race, got the verdict in a photo finish, giving jockey Russell his first triumph in the world's most famous steeplechase.

Jumping efficiently just behind the leaders, the recent Cheltenham Festival victor traded at a high of [17.0] in-running before making steady progress in the closing stages.

Pleasant Company had looked beaten jumping the last but somehow found a second wind and ate up the ground between him and a tiring Tiger Roll only to be denied by the shortest of margins.

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With Elliott and his team planning to catch the ferry back to Ireland on Saturday evening, celebrations were likely to go long into the night at his Cullentra base in Co Meath.

A race that finished with a Mullins-Elliott 1-2 is a fitting representation of the National Hunt season in a wider sense, with the two dominant forces in the Irish training game sending out two runners that routed the opposition. I've been coming for years and been satisfied leaving not winning, because it is such a marvellous event. I just think he was a bit shaken.

The eventual victor saw off a late charge by the Willie Mullins' trained Pleasant Company to secure victory and a heroes welcome home in Summerhill, Co Meath.

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The victorious jockey, who is soon to be crowned Ireland's champion jump jockey, was the oldest rider in the race aged 38 and was claiming his first ever Randox Health Grand National success - he described his win as "outstanding". The horse is now a National victor in addition to having won three different Cheltenham Festival races.

Tiger Roll was already firmly established as a yard favorite, having won for the third time at Cheltenham in March, this time landing the Cross-Country Chase. "On the way down the commentator said I was the oldest in the race so I thought "I'd better not come back next year".

The horse fell halfway through the race and a green tent was erected around it in front of anxious spectators.

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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.



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