Tiger Roll became the first horse to win two consecutive English Grand Nationals since Red Rum’s same success in 1973 and 1974. The talented 9-year-old Meath horse was ridden to victory once again by Davy Russell, is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O’Leery of Gigginstown stud. He went off as the 4/1 favourite for the race and didn’t disappoint many, many punters.
Tiger Roll faced stiff competition on the day from Magic Of Light who came second at 66/1 and Rathvinden in third at 8/1. Rounding off the top 6 was Walk In The Mill, Anibale Fly and One For Arthur.
Well done Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂
R.I.P. Up For Review
But the day was also filled with sadness when 10-year-old Up For Review suffered a fatal fall at the first fence and was put down. When I heard the news it broke my heart.
There was numerous debate in the run-up to the National about the unsafeness horses face in the National and in horse racing in general. And since the news of Up For Review’s passing, there has been further debate. At any other time I would say debate away to both sides but at this moment in time my thinking is different as there is a horse after losing his life and I think now is a time to mourn his loss instead of one side appearing to use his death to show how unsafe racing is and the other side speaking about Up For Review with that he’s ‘only a horse’ ugly attitude when that horse went out there to race for your entertainment.
I love you Up For Review, rest in peace sweetheart.
The English Grand National was won by Tiger Roll rode by Davy Russell. Tiger Roll was trained by Gordan Elliott and owned by Michael O’ Leary. He won the race by a head from Pleasant Company with Bless The Wings in third.
It was a very dramatic finish to the race with Tiger Roll beating Pleasant Company by a head with the result going to a photo finish after David Mullins abroad Pleasant Company made a huge rally at the end to attempt to claim glory. Little fighter Bless The Wings made a tremendous effort to take third.
I had no luck today and am hoping for more luck next week in the Scottish National with my birthday coming up next week. 🙂 But my Mum got each way on Bless The Wings so there was thankfully some luck in our house today with the National. Sadly my sister had Pleasant Company to win so there was heartbreak there. My sister got One For Arthur last year so she almost got two in a row.
Tiger Roll won at 10/1 and is the first English Grand National winner for Davy Russell. Well done to Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂
The top 6 in the National was as follows:
Bless The Wings
Road To Riches
Tiger Roll wins with Pleasant Company second and Bless The Wings behind in third
The Mouse Morris trained Rogue Angel became the latest winner of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse Racetrack today.
Winning at a starting price of 16/1 Ger Fox helped guide Rogue Angel home after leading from the start just holding off the Gordon Elliott trained Bless The Wings ridden by Ruby Walsh who was 12/1.
Third place went to 33/1 shot Ballyadam Approach with fourth going to Folsom Blue, Rogue Angel’s stablemate.
Winning jockey Ger Fox said following his win,
“I’m still pinching myself – I can’t believe it. This is my local track and I’m just trying to take it all in, it’s brilliant. I’ve only ridden him twice and he’s given me a Kerry National and an Irish National. My thanks go to Mouse Morris and Michael and Eddie O’Leary (of Gigginstown House Stud) for giving me the chance on him again. I did what I did in the Kerry National, just jumped out in front and let him do his own thing. He jumped from fence to fence and I think he only made two mistakes on the way round. What he has is guts and when he got headed, he battled back and got back up again. He never gives up. This means the world to me. Rides are getting slim at the moment, so to get something like this should be a great help.”
Mouse Morris paid tribute to his late son Christopher following the win,
“It’s unbelievable. Tiffer (Christopher) was looking down on me today. He helped me there. That’s just special. I gave Ger no instructions. He knew the horse as he had rode him in Listowel and won a Kerry National on him, so there was no need for instructions. The fourth horse ran a blinder as well and I couldn’t be happier.”
My mum did two horses in the race Rogue Angel and Bless The Wings so it was very exciting in our house. I think she should have did the blog tips earlier! 🙂
Congrats Rogue Angel and all concerned and of course to my mum too! 🙂