All 38 Grand National runners safe despite 26 falls

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But just when he looked to have victory sewn up, the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company, who had been ridden prominently and jumped boldly, came with a late rattle to nearly join him on the line.

Elliott, who caught the ferry back to Ireland on Saturday night, was back in his yard yesterday morning and reported that his National hero had arrived home safe and well.

Pendra's a big price but he wouldn't be running if he wasn't going to have some sort of impact in the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase.

Eight-year-old Tiger Roll, who scored at odds of 10-1 for jockey Davy Russell, has fast become a crowd favourite, having already won the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at Cheltenham, adding to his previous triumphs at Prestbury Park in the Triumph Hurdle and the National Hunt Chase.

"Tiger Roll is unbelievable and I'm very lucky to be training for the O'Learys".

I've tried not to think about the race, to be honest.

The 38-year-old, the oldest jockey in Saturday's race, said that he had already won the race a thousand times in his head before entering the starting gates on Saturday.

While another said: "I just hope Saint Are pulls through, praying for good news".

"The National I have won 1,000 times in my mind".

"AP McCoy rode one victor of this race in 20 years, Ruby has won one, Barry has too, and now Davy has and it's a great thing to have on your CV".

Looking at the opposition, Anibale Fly is a real class horse, who ran a great trial, if you can call it that, to finish third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while Total Recall was being talked of as a serious National horse when he won the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury back in December.

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

"I'm part-time with Gordon for the past seven years and I'm from Summerhill". "I am thinking about my kids at home knowing they can be part of this wonderful event".

"I wanted to buy another but Michael thought otherwise", said Elliott.

He said: "It's been an unbelievable training performance from Gordon to turn him from a Triumph Hurdle victor into a National victor. I just wanted him to keep going to the winning post!"