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 English Grand National at Aintree took place for it’s annual outing. The 179th winner was the Mouse Morris trained Rule The World which completed the Irish and English Grand National double for the Irish trainer. It was also a double National win for Gigginstown House Stud who own both Rule The World and Irish National champ Rogue Angel.
David Mullins, in his first ride in the race bet The Last Samuri (8-1 joint favourite) and Vics Canvas (100-1) in a comeback on the run-in abroad Rule The World with Gilgamboa (28-1) finishing fourth with Goonyella (12-1) fifth.
Mouse Morris said after,
“This is just magic. I’ve got great friends who stood by me and helped. I’d have settled for third at the Elbow but he ran on like a train. He has broken his pelvis in two falls and before that he was one of the best horses I ever had.”
Mullins said it was “special and magic” and added,
“It was just amazing. I’ve never had a feeling like this and it all went to plan. To get the call to ride this horse was amazing. The fact that it is his first win over fences is more amazing than me winning on my first time around.”
Michael O’Leary said,
“I don’t know what to feel, I’m numb. I thought I had no chance in it. I wanted to win a Gold Cup and it was beyond dreams that I could win a Grand National. To win a Gold Cup, Irish National and Grand National in one year – I think I should stop, it’s not going to get any better than this.”
My mum who is on a bit of a National roll at the moment had Vic’s Canvas each-way so well done Mam! 🙂
20/1 shot Thunder And Roses the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse today with Katie Walsh on board. Three runners for Gigginstown House Stud led turning into the home straight but it was Thunder And Roses who prevailed over Mouse Morris duo Rule The World and Band Of Blood who finished 2nd and 4th in the end respectively after Thunder And Roses stormed on to a four-and-a-quarter-length win over rivals. Third was Sizing Coal.
Walsh is the first female rider to win the race since Nina Carberry’s win in 2011 on Organisedconfusion. She said following her win,
“This is absolutely class. I’ve had some fantastic days, but this is an Irish National. They stopped in front and he kept going. It’s great for women in racing. He jumped fairly good, to be fair to him. Maybe at the ditch he wasn’t so good but, other than that, he was excellent.”
Trainer Sandra Hughes, daughter of the late Dessie Hughes, said,
“Katie was absolutely fantastic, she just suited him to a tee. She was brilliant and he (Thunder And Roses) was brilliant. He stays all day. I was a little disappointed with him at Cheltenham but he came out of it fine so we took our chance. We thought all year that this was the race for him. He stays and keeps going and he doesn’t mind that ground. Someone above was helping us out. Dad always loved this race and to do it for him is wonderful. Dad was with us all the way today. I have to give a big thanks to Michael and Eddie O’Leary (of Gigginstown) for letting me have the horse and train him for it. I’d say that’ll be him for the year.”