Tiger Roll wins Grand National in thrilling finish

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Meanwhile, Tiger Roll came in first at the Grand National in a photo finish with Pleasant Company.

Bless The Wings was third after a photo finish from Anibale Fly in fourth.

Remarkably, Tiger Roll, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was also the victor of the Virtual Grand National, a computer-simulated running of the race broadcast on ITV last night.

Commenting on Pleasant Company's last-minute challenge, Russell said: I did have a big fear - it would have been heartbreaking.

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Nine-time Irish flat racing Champion Jockey Pat Smullen has forged an exceptionally successful relationship with trainer Dermot Weld in recent years but is taking a break from the sport in order to concentrate on making a complete recovery following his tumour diagnose. I was speaking to him the other morning and he's as tough as nails.

He's lost his mother and I'm sure his father Gerry is very proud at home watching.

"It's a wonderful event I love it so much, I've been coming here for years, hoping..." he said.

'I've won this race thousands of times in my head but I've never won it like I have today'.

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"When we were coming in somebody said to us why don't you enter so I did. All the way round I couldn't believe how he was going". "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?'"

Bryony Frost was the pick of the three women jockeys in the world's most famous steeplechase - she was fifth aboard Milansbar.

"It's been an unbelievable training performance from Gordon to turn him from a Triumph Hurdle victor into a National victor".

Hopes had been high of a second consecutive Scottish success, following One for Arthur's victory previous year, but it was not to be.

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