Tiger Roll holds on to win dramatic Grand National in photo-finish

Officers patrolled the course on quad bikes making the final security checks before racegoers arrived

Officers patrolled the course on quad bikes making the final security checks before racegoers arrived

AINTREE, UNITED KINGDOM: Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the field, was described as having the "heart of a lion" after winning the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday in a thrilling finish.

AN EMOTIONAL DAVY Russell paid tribute to those who had supported him over the years after the jockey won his first Grand National in 14 attempts at Aintree today.

Tiger Roll, owned by Michael O'Leary, won the race after a photo finish edging out Malcolm Denmark's Pleasant Company.

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David Mullins had to settle for second with 25/1 shot Pleasant Company, two years after celebrating his National win aboard Rule The World.

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. "I can't believe it, to be honest". "I think I've adopted him now as my fifth child", O'Leary added. I won the National a thousand times in the back garden but never like that!

'I was very, very lucky (with Silver Birch). I thought I had it, but you're so nervous watching it.

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"He probably did a little bit too much with me but I had to let him go after jumping The Chair - he just winged fences".

'I was in quite a lot of pain, and I just wanted to get home and go to bed.' Deutsch, a conditional jockey, mostly rides for Grand National-winning trainer Venetia Williams, who trains Houblon Des Obeaux. "I hope everyone who has supported me along the way can enjoy this". "In a war of attrition like that, all you want is another stride". He just couldn't do the weight on him.

Following an exclusive long term partnership with Carm Productions and The Jockey Club, Inspired's Virtual Grand National 2018 was broadcast for the first time on national television in the United Kingdom on Friday evening ahead of the live event on Saturday afternoon.

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For the second time in a couple of weeks, Elliott chinned old adversary Mullins in a National photo-finish and the only thing that could make the season any better for the Meath trainer is a first Irish trainers' championship.

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