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Tiger Roll clings on to win the Grand National ahead of Pleasant Company

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Tiger Roll clings on to win the Grand National ahead of Pleasant Company
Tiger Roll won the 2018 Grand National at odds of 10/1 (Picture: Getty)

Tiger Roll clung on for victory at odds of 10/1 to win a thrilling Grand National at Aintree.

The smallest horse in the field looked set for a convincing victory after he jumped the last fence in the clear but had to hold off a late charge from Pleasant Company to seal an emotional win for jockey Davy Russell and trainer Gordon Elliott.

The pair faced an agonising wait for the results of a photo finish to be confirmed but were soon able to celebrate a remarkable success.

Elliott was also responsible for the third placed Bless the Wings, and amazingly it was a 1-2-3-4 clean sweep for Ireland with Gold Cup third Anibale Fly running an impressive race under top weight.

2018 Grand National Result

1st Tiger Roll 10/1
2nd Pleasant Company 25/1
3rd Bless The Wings 40/1
4th Anibale Fly 10/1
5th Milansbar 25/1
6th Road To Riches 33/1

Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 14, 2018 Tiger Roll ridden by Davy Russell (R) crosses the line as he wins the 17:15 Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase???? Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Tiger Roll held off an impressive challenge from Pleasant Company to win The Grand National (Picture: Reuters)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the 2018 Grand National at Aintree (Picture: Getty)

I did have a big fear, said Russell. That would have been heart breaking. I was thinking of my mum and my kids.

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Ive won this race thousands of times in my head and Ive never won it like Ive done today.

Elliott added: Its unbelievable. Tiger Roll is a yard favourite..

Its great for the yard, for Gigginstown (House Stud, owners), for everyone.

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Despite a gallant effort David Mullins, jockey on second-placed Pleasant Company, had to settle for second place.

We were probably a bit too keen and I quite fancied him to win, said Mullins.

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 thats racing.

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