Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Leinster Express owner's horse pipped at the post in the Grand National

Leinster Express owner's horse pipped at the post in the Grand National

A small group of people who placed their bets on Tiger Roll will be cheering well into the night because the horse crossed the line first, but had to hold off a late surge from Pleasant Company.

And while he was enjoying the welcome, his horses were were clicking into form again with yesterday's Aintree-winning jockey Davy Russell on the mark with an early double at Tramore, one for Gordon Elliott.

Pleasant Company had looked beaten jumping the last but somehow found a second wind and ate up the ground between him and a tiring Tiger Roll only to be denied by the shortest of margins.

Trainer Willie Mullins fielded three runners in a bid to claim the world's most famous steeplechase for a second time, following the popular triumph of Hedgehunter in 2005.

Racing.com's own Matt Hill was in the United Kingdom, after earning the chance to call the famous race for BBC Radio 5 Live. The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup but now I've won the Gold Cup and Grand National.

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"I was nervous when they announced the photo-finish - I thought I had it but you are so nervous watching it".

'This one is for Pat Smullen, ' he said directly after the biggest win of his career. He jumped from fence to fence and the one thing he did was come for me when I gave him a squeeze. I was fighting with Michael O'Leary (owner) telling him to keep this horse at Gigginstown when he retires and he said he wasn't good enough. What I would say is that if he does run, the connections, with their knowledge, will be sure he'll run his race.

Her father Jimmy, who won the National in 1989 and is based in Devon, summed it up by saying: 'There is no time to stop and think'. I said I didn't appreciate the first time round. "I am thinking about my kids at home knowing they can be part of this wonderful event".

"When Gordon first won the National, I thought "Who the hell is he?', and it was only when he started racking up lots of winners at places like Ayr and Perth that I thought, 'This is something different", he said. "That's racing and I'm lucky I won it two years ago".

'But to be fair, if I'd asked more of him, maybe he would have found Valentine's (fence 25) too big. "In a war of attrition like that, all you want is another stride".

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