Tiger Roll holds on to win dramatic Grand National in photo-finish


"I was bloody panicking at the line", said the winning owner, Michael O'Leary, who famously described Tiger Roll as "a little rat of a thing".

"I was nervous when they announced the photo-finish - I thought I had it but you are so nervous watching it". But Davy went by me on a fresh horse at the second last and I wasn't going to win that race to the Elbow.

Back home onto the couch, to watch the race that seems to attract even non punters every year, the Aintree Grand National, apparantly watched by 600 million others this year.

A dual Irish champion jockey, Russell's career has not been without the odd bump in the road and was famously informed he had lost the job as number one jockey for Gigginstown House Stud over a cup of tea with Michael O'Leary late in 2013.

The main Grand National race begins at 5.15pm today.

"There was no real lightbulb moment that we realised Gordon was going to turn himself into what he has done, when he won the National first time I was like 'who is he?'".

'I was up this morning, into work for eight, mucked out, rushed home, rushed to Tesco to get a load of candies and cake for Neil's staff so they'll all be having some breakfast on Monday morning. I can't believe it, to be honest.

After telling her father that she was kicking herself, she said: 'When you have a horse running up the run-in with you, you think, 'Could I have asked more of him?'

'I never actually thought he'd got back up, but he ran a fantastic race.

"She was a marvellous woman", said Russell.

David Mullins was philosophical in defeat, saying: 'I was hoping and praying we'd get there. It's two years since I had an experience like that.

'It was a four-and-a-quarter-mile race and a war of attrition.

That drive has helped him enjoy the most remarkable few months of his 16-year professional career after being crowned top jockey at Cheltenham, racing clear in the Irish jockeys' championship (set to become champion for the third time) and now picking up one of the most famous races in the world at the 14th attempt.

He brought the 13-8 favourite with a perfectly-timed run, after being held up for most of the race, to lead just before the final flight.

Bryony Frost fared best of the three female jockeys, coming home fifth aboard the Neil King-trained Milansbar.

Despite only getting home at 1am she was mucking out 10 horses in Paul Nicholls' yard by eight o'clock.