Owned by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud - who won the 2016 Grand National with Rule The World - eight-year-old Tiger Roll looked to have the race well in-hand after the final fence, however, a late surge from the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company resulted in a thrilling photo finish. "It would have been heartbreaking".
Liverpool showing off it's stunning Aintree Racecourse site in all its finery as Tiger Roll romped home to be crowned the Grand National Steeplechase to an electric atmosphere in the stands. "But then I thought "well, Davy's 38 - he hasn't got many left in him".
Grand National victor Tiger Roll received a hero's welcome as the champion horse and his trainer Gordon Elliott were treated to a rapturous homecoming in the village of Summerhill in County Meath on Sunday. Del Boy is a stayer and the National is four and half miles and he is a good ride who likes to lead from the front and the quicker the race the better he goes as long as the ground has a bit of give.
"He has always come back better than ever. I was speaking to him the other morning and he's as tough as nails".
'The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that (aboard Lord Windermere in 2014), but the National is so hard to win'.
He added: "Gordon might be having a big celebration tonight, but I won't be, I'm riding at Tramore on Sunday".
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"When we were coming in somebody said to us why don't you enter so I did". Not a very promising start, one might assume, as far as winning the Grand National is concerned.
Bless The Wings, the winner's stablemate was third, and Anibale Fly was fourth, as Irish runners dominated.
Tiger Roll is looked after at Elliott's yard by Louise Magee, who said: "It was awesome, something you dream about, just fantastic". Katie Walsh is the highest-placed woman in the race's history with her third on Seabass in 2012; she rides the seven-year-old mare Baie Des Iles, trained in Co Kildare by her husband, Ross O'Sullivan.
His David Mullins, who is the nephew of the trainer, said: "I was hoping and praying we'd get there".
"I'm still jumping every fence with him and I dreamt well last night and apparently he did, too".