Irish horse Tiger Roll wins in dramatic finish

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TIGER Roll won the Grand National Steeplechase in a picnic over Pleasant Company, as Irish horses dominated the world's most famous handicap steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on Saturday.

A 6.400 meter race was won with a question of centimeter in the closest finish to the Grand National since 2012 when Neptune Collonges won a nose.

Tiger Roll, a 10-1 shot, led as many as 10 lengths in the long run to the line, but only held 25-1 to win a first prize of £ 500,000 ($ 916,700).

"I had great fear," said Jockey Davy Russell, who won the race for the first time at his 14th attempt. "It would have been heartbreaking."

The first four horse homes in National were from Ireland, including Bless The Wings (40-1) and Anibale Fly (10-1).

It was the second national victory for both coach Gordon Elliott, who also won Silver Birch in 2007, and owns Michael O'Reilly, who had 2016 winner Rule The World. O & # 39; Leary is Managing Director of the budget airline Ryanair. "We bought the horse as a pint size prevents," said Leary, "but he has the heart of a lion." Russell grew up dreaming of winning National.

As a child, he raised Aintree-style fence in his garden and pretends to ride a horse over them. "I've won this race thousands of times (in my head)," said Russell. "But not so." David Mullins, the jockey of Pleasant Company, said he thought he was well beaten after skipping the next last fence.

"Davy went so much better than me," said Mullins.

It seemed to be the case when the horses put it past the elbow over the line, but Pleasant Company closed in when Tiger Roll was faded. It was too close to call when they crossed the line, and the 171th edition of the race required a picture finish to separate them.

Total Recall went out as 7-1 favorite but fell.

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