Tiger Roll wins Grand National in thrilling finish

Off to the races! A group of smartly dressed friends were suited and booted and ready for action

When Gordon Elliott sent Silver Birch to Aintree to win the Grand National in 2007, he had never trained a victor in Ireland, and people asked who he was.

For Russell it was an emotional triumph coming just weeks after the death of his mother, and was the realisation of an ambition he had clung to since growing up as a child in County Cork.

"I won the race a thousand times in my head as child, I've been comimg here for years and it's incredible to have finally have won it", commeted the winning jockey in an emotional interview in which he recalled the recent passing of his mother. "That's racing and I'm very lucky that I won it two years ago".

Russell, who briefly lost a stirrup at the 19th fence, was concerned he'd gone too soon.

In a battle royale approaching the line, Tiger Roll just held off a late resurgence from the Mullins' horse to edge a photo. 'But he was so courageous. That would have been heart-breaking'.

Tiger Roll may have come in first at the Grand National but the real winners were all the fabulously dressed people.

It was also a second success in three years for owner, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.

Bless the Wings (40/1) finished third, well behind Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company (25/1), with Anibale Fly (10/1) taking fourth place on heavy ground under blue skies.

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