AN EMOTIONAL DAVY Russell paid tribute to those who had supported him over the years after the jockey won his first Grand National in 14 attempts at Aintree today.
"I can't believe it", said Russell of the thrilling win. "It would have been heartbreaking". I said I didn't appreciate the first time round.
'Every jump jockey is the same, we're all just looking for opportunities.' Describing what happened after he fell from Houblon Des Obeaux, he said: 'Obviously my horse fell, and I thought I was absolutely fine.
'I thought I was beat before then but I had to charge Davy Russell down. I'm just thinking of my kids at home now that they can be part of this wonderful event. I answered an advert on the internet for a share in a horse about five years ago and Del Boy was bought by Harvey at Doncaster sales after coming over from Ireland.
David Mullins had to settle for second with 25/1 shot Pleasant Company, two years after celebrating his National win aboard Rule The World.
Davy Russell (R) rides Tiger Roll to victory. I'm just happy to keep going now at this stage.
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'It was the only time I liked collecting the cuttings, but all those people saying this is my first National - I've won it thousands of times in my head!
'It's great for the yard, for Gigginstown (House Stud, owners), for everyone'.
Hat and headpiece maker Aimee Farrell Designs, from Camlough in Co Armagh, was also celebrating last night, saying: "My unbelievable client Robyn-May just went & gone and won Aintree Racecourse best dressed lady!"
"The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that, but the National is so hard to win".
He said: "It's been an unbelievable training performance from Gordon to turn him from a Triumph Hurdle victor into a National victor".
This race uses a weight handicap assigned to each horse with the intention of creating a close finish.