Rule the world wins at Aintree

O’Leary soars to new heights after National win

David Mullins BBCRule the World, owned by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, created the typical raft of behind the scenes headlines after winning the Grand National at Aintree.

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.

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