Available at 25-1 for the Randox Health Grand National after winning the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month the mount of Davy Russell recorded a narrow victory in the world’s most famous steeplechase at odds of 10-1.
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Anyone taking our ante-post advice and backed the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll for the Randox Health Grand National at 25-1 several weeks ago will be celebrating today following the eight-year-old’s dramatic victory in the world’s most famous steeplechase on Saturday.
Hope you took my ante-post advice for today's Grand National… https://t.co/6rrz6y1owI— alan kelly (@alankel74312991) April 14, 2018
The mount of veteran Irish jockey Davy Russell would certainly win the prize for ‘ most versatile offspring of Derby hero Authorized ‘ as despite the gelding’s tender years the horse owned by Gigginstown House Stud went into Saturday’s £1 million contest as the winner of the 2014 Triumph Hurdle, 2017 four mile National Hunt Chase and most recently the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase, all at the Cheltenham Festival.
With just 10st 13lb to carry and standing at a mere 15.2hh the horse described by owner Michael O’Leary as “ a little rat of a thing “ proved that great things come in little bundles by adding the extended 4m 2f marathon to an already impressive c.v. although the result did not come without an element of drama in the closing stages.
Thirty eight horses were sent on their way just after 5.15pm with the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall heading the betting on 7-1, three points shorter than Tiger Roll and Cheltenham Gold Cup third Anibale Fly on 10-1. The first major contender to depart the scene was long-term ante-post favourite Blaklion who was brought down at the first fence. Well backed northern challenger I Just Know got no further than Becher’s ( 6th fence ) while Perfect Candidate, Virgilio, Final Nudge, Buywise, Lord Windermere and Captain Redbeard all failed to make it to the second circuit.
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A series of blunders meant that Total Recall was never able to get into contention prior to being pulled-up while both The Dutchman and Ucello Conti unseated their riders when still in contention. As the remaining runners approached the second-last it was obvious that Tiger Roll was going best of all and when Russell sent his charge on the result looked a formality. Having been headed by the leader, Pleasant Company and jockey David Mullins were a good six lengths down at the elbow but the pair stayed on to such effect that they failed by only a head to overhaul the heavily-backed Tiger Roll.
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