Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll held on for a sensational Aintree Grand National victory today for trainer Gordon Elliott.
Tiger Roll looked all over a winner at the elbow, but had to scramble for the post to hold off the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company with another Elliott runner Bless The Wings in third.
"I can't beleive it, Tiger Roll is a stable favourite, but I'm going to get my photograph taken," was the immediate reaction of trainer Gordon Elliott.
"It's a great day for Gordon and for Davy, it's his first national and he's 38, Tiger Roll has a master trainer in Gordon, he has won a Triumph Hurdle as a four-year-old and now he's won the national," commented owner Michael O'Leary.
"I won the race a thousand times in my head as child, I've been comimg here for years and it's amazing to have finally have won it," commeted the winning jockey in an emotional interview in which he recalled the recent passing of his mother.
The Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly finished fourth and the Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches completed the first six home.
Continuing the Meath focus, Robbie Dunne on Gas Line Boy finished seventh, Keith Donoghue and Valseur Lido was eighth and the Gavin Cromwell-trained Raz De Maree completed the top 10 with Robbie Power on board.