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Leinster Express owner's horse pipped at the post in the Grand National

Leinster Express owner's horse pipped at the post in the Grand National

Two strides later and Pleasant Company, ridden by David Mullins who had won the race two years ago on O'Leary's first victor, Rule The World, would have won by half a length such was the speed with which he was finishing.

Davy Russell, who triumphed in the National on Tiger Roll in his 14th attempt at the race, had five rides at Tramore on the south-east coast of Ireland on Sunday.

'I've tried not to think about the race, to be honest, ' Russell told reporters of the preparations to his first Randox Health Grand National win. "It would have been heartbreaking".

"I was nervous when they announced the photo finish - I thought I had it but you are so nervous watching it", said the winning trainer.

Patrick Mullins reflected on Pleasant Company's "extraordinary" late charge following his narrow defeat in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. "I've been coming here for years hoping, but satisfied leaving not winning it, because it's such a marvelous event and now it's just awesome to have finally have done it".

The finish turned into another struggle between Elliott and his great rival, Willie Mullins, trainer of the runner-up. I was fighting with Michael O'Leary (owner) telling him to keep this horse at Gigginstown when he retires and he said he wasn't good enough.




"This one is for Pat Smullen".

"Total Recall made a mistake at the first and a bad mistake at the third and then just seemed to lose his confidence, but he's come back fine".

"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?'".

With Elliott and his team planning to catch the ferry back to Ireland on Saturday evening, celebrations were likely to go long into the night at his Cullentra base in Co Meath.

"We send horses to lots of trainers, and those that train winners get more horses, those that don't get less, and Gordon is setting different standards". Of the trio, Bryony Frost was best placed, finishing fifth on Milansbar.

Another victor at Tramore yesterday - naturally with Russell in the plate in the Gigginstown colours - has his advantage hovering at around €550,000 but it's far from over, as they learned 12 months ago when Mullins rose from the dead. And next week is certainly going to be one to savour.


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