Emotional Davy Russell Makes Touching Tribute After Grand National Triumph

A very dapper gent was joined by a colourful female companion who stood out from the crowds in a hat festooned with orange and purple feathers

A very dapper gent was joined by a colourful female companion who stood out from the crowds in a hat festooned with orange and purple feathers

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

Trained by Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll was given a brilliant stalking ride by experienced jockey Davy Russell who always had the popular eight-year-old in a promising position.

A photo-finish was also required to determine third place, which went by a neck to Bless The Wings, ridden by Jack Kennedy, ahead of the Barry Geraghty-ridden Anibale Fly. The 10-1 chance looked like he had just started when cruising ominously into contention crossing the Melling Road under Davy Russell.

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

"The only time I enjoyed cleaning up the grass when dad cut it was around this time of the year, because I could build my own national fences out of the grass", a jubilant Russell told ITV afterwards.

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Jockey Davy Russell on Tiger Roll celebrates winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase. I was fighting with Michael O'Leary telling him to keep this horse at Gigginstown when he retires and he said he wasn't good enough.

"I won the race a thousand times in my head as child, I've been comimg here for years and it's fantastic to have finally have won it", commeted the winning jockey in an emotional interview in which he recalled the recent passing of his mother.

'I've won this race thousands of times in my head but I've never won it like I have today'. "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?'" He had a new baby last week, too. "All the way round I couldn't believe how he was going".

"Coming here I was really anxious about the ground".

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