The Randox Health Grand National 2018 highlights

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Pleasant Company, ridden by Rule The World's partner David Mullins, jumped with elan on the front end, but looked booked for minor honours when Tiger Roll strode clear.

Gordon Elliott promised to appreciate his second Randox Health Grand National success far more than he did his first after Tiger Roll clung on in a thriller at Aintree.

"I can't beleive it, Tiger Roll is a stable favourite, but I'm going to get my photograph taken", was the immediate reaction of trainer Gordon Elliott.

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Nine-time Irish flat racing Champion Jockey Pat Smullen has forged an exceptionally successful relationship with trainer Dermot Weld in recent years but is taking a break from the sport in order to concentrate on making a complete recovery following his tumour diagnose.

"This one is for Pat Smullen".

"I've won this race a thousand times in my head, in my heart, at home".

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She added: "It's my second time at Aintree, I came a year ago too but didn't enter".

Elliott said: "I was nervous".

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While a fellow viewer said: "More dead horses in the name of sport, I f****g hate the Grand National".

Bryony Frost, riding in the race for the first time, fared best of the three female jockeys, coming home fifth aboard the Neil King-trained Milansbar.

"Having to beat Willie is tough, he's an incredible man and sets the standards, one of the greatest of all time and to be training at the same time as him is unbelievable".

It was a second major reverse at the hands of an Elliott horse in the space of a fortnight for Mullins, having seen his Isleofhopendreams beaten just a head in the Irish National.

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