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All 38 Grand National runners safe despite 26 falls

18 April 2018

Last year, One For Arthur, trained by Lucinda Russell, scored Scotland's first victory in the National since 1979 and Seeyouatmidnight has a shout at giving the nation a second consecutive win.

"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". "It would have been heartbreaking". He got into a lovely rhythm, he jumped perfectly and gave me the best spin I could have ever asked for.

YOUGHAL'S Davy Russell continued a glorious autumn to his career by steering Tiger Roll to a thrilling victory in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

"The National I have won 1,000 times in my mind".

"But it's just surreal, I don't think it's set in yet, I can't believe it".

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"The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that, but the National is so hard to win".

Speaking of tea, Russell was famously relieved of his retained rider's role by winning owners Gigginstown House Stud over a quiet mug, and the resiliency he showed to keep his counsel and knuckle down after losing one of the biggest jobs in racing wasn't lost on connections.

He added: "It was a lovely day and the owner (Robert Bothway) really enjoyed it".

"When we were coming in somebody said to us why don't you enter so I did".

The Randox Health Grand National 2018 promised us three days of passion, thrills and entertainment, and it didn't disappoint.

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Bless the Wings (40/1) finished third, well behind Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company (25/1), with Anibale Fly (10/1) taking fourth place on heavy ground under blue skies.

O'Leary was keen to pay tribute to his trainer after providing him with a second success.

Interviewed in the minutes after his win Russell, who had just won his first Grand National at 38, was visibly emotional.

"I never actually thought he'd got back up, but he ran a fantastic race". "In a war of attrition like that, all you want is another stride".

It was widely thought that Saint Are had become a Grand National fatality after a tent was placed around him following a fall at The Chair.

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All 38 Grand National runners safe despite 26 falls