Michael O’Leary tries on the winning trophy for size
Tiger Roll, owned by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, held off a late rally from Pleasant Company to win the Grand National in a thrilling finish at Aintree.
Davy Russell’s mount was declared the winner in a photo finish after appearing to have the race won only yards from the line.
Afterwards he said: “I’ve won this race thousands of times in my head and I’ve never won it like I’ve done today.”
The first four horses were trained in Ireland, with Bless The Wings third and Anibale Fly fourth.
Milansbar, ridden by Bryony Frost, one of three female jockeys in the race, was fifth.
It is the second Grand National victory for trainer Gordon Elliott after he trained Silver Birch to victory in 2007.
Davy Russell celebrates after winning
David Mullins, jockey on Pleasant Company, said: “We were probably a bit too keen and I quite fancied him to win. I thought I was beat before then but I had to charge Davy Russell down.
“I felt sick after a couple of seconds of crossing the line but that’s racing.”
Twelve of the 38 horses finished. Borders-trained Seeyouatmidnight finished 11th after being in contention in the closing stages.
Some bookmakers paid out on the first six.\
- Tiger Roll 10-1 (jockey Davy Russell, trainer Gordon Elliott)
- Pleasant Company 25-1 (jockey David Mullins, trainer Willie Mullins)
- Bless The Wings 40-1 (jockey Jack Kennedy, trainer Jim Culloty)
- Anibale Fly 10-1 (jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Tony Martin)
- Milansbar 25-1 (jockey Bryony Frost, trainer Neil King)
- Road To Riches 33-1 (jockey Sean Flanagan, trainer Noel Meade)
- Gas Line Boy 25-1
- Valseur Lido 66-1
- Vieux Lion Rouge 25-1
- Raz De Maree 20-1
- Seeyouatmidnight 11-1
- Baie Des Iles 16-1