Can Tiger Roll become first horse to win three straight Grand Nationals?

Tiger Roll Triumphs At The Randox Health Grand National 2019

Tiger Roll Triumphs At The Randox Health Grand National 2019

The Grand National won in style by the 9yo Tiger Roll on Saturday is an historic spectacle of a race that some love and others hate.

Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell jumps a fence on the way to winning the Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England, Saturday April 6, 2019. Magic Light, trained by Jessica Harrington, took second place by just 2 3/4 lengths.

Even Elliott's great Irish rival in Ireland, Willie Mullins, whose Rathvinden finished third but whose Up For Review suffered a fatal injury at the first fence, could not fail but be impressed.

Winning owner Michael O'Leary said: "It's unbelievable". Red Rum won for a third time in 1977. "You have to go back to 2012 since we lost a horse in the Grand National, thanks in part to the huge amount of effort and investment we put into horse welfare". "I can't believe it. At my age now to win two Grand Nationals - wow".

Trainer Elliott could hardly contain his joy in the winners' enclosure, jumping around and hugging the horse that was bought for £10,000 (US$13,038) to "sell on" because he was thought to be on the slow side. The fixture is reviewed every year over concerns for the safety of the horses but this year's deaths, including Up for Review's, who jumped successfully but was brought down by another fallen horse, will once again spark concern that the race is overcrowded and the jumps are too high.

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Starting out as a 4/1 favourite with jockey Davy Russell atop, the champion beat away a strong field to claim a famous win over the 30 fences.

Elliott also trained 2007 victor Silver Birch.

"It's incredible. I thought he had no chance". The stamina and fitness of the horse proved he was worthy of the title, travelling easily between jumps.

"I say to him 'jeepers can you lift the legs a bit!'" "I'm so thrilled", O'Leary said.

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