Rule the world wins at Aintree
O’Leary soars to new heights after National win
Ridden by 19-year-old David Mullins (pictured) in his first appearance in the race, the horse gave trainer Mouse Morris a double after his Rogue Angel won the Irish National last month.
Mullins drove his horse ahead of 8/1 joint favourite The Last Samuri, with Vics Canvas (100-1) finishing third.
Last year’s winner Many Clouds, trying for the first back-to-back victory since Red Rum in 1973, looked to be travelling strongly but the top weight seemed beaten by the rain-softened ground and finished 16th and last.
Gilgamboa (28-1) was fourth with Goonyella (12-1) fifth.
The nine-year-old winner, owned by the Gigginstown House Stud, which is headed by Mr O’Leary, had never managed a victory over fences until today.
It was a remarkable moment for trainer Morris whose son Christopher died in an accident in Argentina last summer.
“This is just magic,” he told BBC Radio 5 live afterwards. “I’ve got great friends who stood by me and helped.