Tiger Roll, owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, has been installed as the 20/1 favourite by Paddy Power for the 2019 Grand National after hanging on in the closing stages to edge out the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company to win Saturday’s race in a photo-finish at Aintree.
Davy Russell’s mount was the 10/1 favourite for the famous steeplechase and although he established a comfortable lead as he entered the final furlongs he gave his backers a nervous few moments before his victory was confirmed.
Bless The Wings, Tiger Roll’s stablemate, finished third, with Anibale Fly coming in fourth as Irish-owned horses dominated, just as they did at the Cheltenham Festival last month. Bellshill and General Principle are among the early frontrunners for next year’s race, at 25/1, with Anibale Fly, Blaklion, Elegant Escape and 2017 winner One For Arthur all in the betting at 33/1. The legendary Red Rum was the last horse to win the race in successive years, in 1973 and 1974.
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