On April 14th, Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll won the 2018 Grand National and ended the race in a photo finish. This year, there were 115 contestants in the competition, but only 38 starters in the final field. Out of 38 horses, only twelve finished the race. The remaining 26 horses either pulled up or unseated their riders.
Among six horses that fell during the race was Perfect Candidate that fell on the first fence. The first fence wasn’t lucky for Blaklion either, as Perfect Candidate brought him down during the fall. Fortunately, all runners were unharmed.
Tiger Roll was one of the candidates to win the National on UK betting sites. However, there were several other favourites, including Seeyouatmidnight who finished 11th. Blaklion was also a strong favourite, but he was brought down at the beginning of the race. Captain Redbeard was another betting sites’ favourite, but he unseated Sam Coltherd at the seventh fence.
The 8-year-old that won the National this year was the smallest horse in the race. On the other hand, the Irish National Hunt jockey and Tiger Roll’s rider, Davy Russell was the oldest jockey it the competition. While these two facts didn’t sound like a winning combination, the results don’t match the assumptions.
This was quite an emotional race for jockey Davy Russell. Following his Grand National success, Russell paid tribute to his mother who passed away recently. “She was an exceptional woman, and it is just a pity she is not here to enjoy it with us,” Russell said.
The proud owner of the 2018 Cheltenham Leading Jockey award also dedicated his victory to his friend Pat Smullen who discovered he had a tumour this year.
Commenting on his Grand National win, Russell said, “The National I have won 1,000 times in my mind. The only time I ever enjoyed collecting the grass when my father cut it was in the spring so I could build National fences and then jump them.” Congrats to both Tiger Roll and Davy Russell!