2018 Grand National

OLBG - 2018 Grand National

2018 Race Summary

The Grand National is one of the highlights of the horse racing season and the 2018 renewal must surely be one of the most memorable of the last twenty years.
Diminutive  Tiger Roll defied his stature to add the Grand National to his amazing list of top-class victories.
Tiger Roll is one of those very rare horses who has the ability to win top class races across a myriad of distances and ground conditions and must surely go down as one of the most versatile National Hunt horses in recent history.
The 2018 Grand National was the first renewal to be run on heavy ground since Red Marauder was only one of four horses to finish in 2001. Thankfully twelve horses completed the course in 2018 led home by  Tiger Roll who had travelled noticeably well throughout the race despite a few ungainly jumps including one at the nineteenth fence where jockey Davy Russell briefly lost an iron.  Tiger Roll took up the lead at the third last fence and appeared to be going ridiculously easily considering the conditions. The Gordon Elliott trained eight-year-old looked to have the race totally under control as he sauntered past previous leader  Pleasant Company and went well clear. However, as he past the Elbow his stride started to shorten, and  Pleasant Company began to relentlessly make up ground.  Tiger Roll desperately needed the line and it looked for a brief moment as if  Pleasant Company might record an extraordinary victory. At the line there was virtually nothing in it but  Tiger Roll was judged to have hung on by an ever diminishing Head.
The winner was the second victory in the race for both owner Gigginstown House and trainer Gordon Elliott but the first victory for veteran jockey Davy Russell.
Gallant runner-up  Pleasant Company was trying to break Willie Mullins’ long run of near misses in the Grand National going back to his last victory with Hedgehunter in 2005.
Honorable mentions should go to third placed thirteen-year-old Bless The Wings, who gave his trainer a notable first and third, and fourth place  Anibale Fly who lugged round eleven stone eight pounds for fourth place. The latter was given a canny ride by Grand National specialist Barry Geraghty who was at pains to keep the horse wide in search of the better ground he clearly needs.  Anibale Fly could be interesting if making it back to Aintree in 2019 on good or good to soft ground.
The 2018 race though was all about one horse; Tiger Roll. The winner of the Triumph Hurdle over two miles back in 2014 has gone on to win the National Hunt Chase over four miles in 2017 and a Cross Country Chase over three miles six furlongs as well as recording victories on good ground right through to this victory on heavy ground. This Grand National victory is all the more remarkable given he is not the biggest horse in training by any measure, but he is definitely one of the bravest and one of the most well-loved.

2018 Full Result

1 Tiger Roll 8 10-13 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 10/1
2 Pleasant Company 10 10-11 Willie Mullins David Mullins 25/1
3 Bless The Wings 13 10-6 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 40/1
4 Anibale Fly 8 11-8 Tony Martin Barry Geraghty 10/1
5 Milansbar 11 10-6 Neil King Bryony Frost 25/1
6 Road To Riches 11 10-5 Noel Meade Sean Flanagan 33/1
7 Gas Line Boy 12 10-11 Ian Williams Robert Dunne 25/1
8 Valseur Lido 9 11-7 Henry de Bromhead Keith Donoghue 66/1
9 Vieux Lion Rouge 9 10-13 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 25/1
10 Raz De Maree 13 10-9 Gavin Cromwell Robbie Power 20/1
11 Seeyouatmidnight 10 10-12 Sandy Thomson Brian Hughes 11/1
12 Baie Des Iles 7 10-8 Ross O’Sullivan Katie Walsh 16/1
Did Not Complete:
BD Saint Are 12 10-10 Tom George Ciaran Gethings 50/1
BD Blaklion 9 11-10 Nigel Twiston Davies Sam Twiston Davies 14/1
FELL Houblon Des Obeaux 11 10-7 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 25/1
FELL Perfect Candidate 11 11-3 Fergal O’Brien Alain Cawley 50/1
FELL Final Nudge 9 10-06 David Dennis Gavin Sheehan 33/1
FELL Alpha Des Obeaux 8 11-4 Mouse Morris Rachel Blackmore 33/1
FELL I Just Know 8 10-8 Sue Smith Danny Cook 14/1
FELL Virgilio 9 10-8 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 50/1
UR Lord Windermere 12 10-7 Jim Culloty Andrew Lynch 25/1
UR Ucello Conti 10 10-10 Gordon Elliott Daryl Jacob 16/1
UR Buywise 11 10-8 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 50/1
UR Captain Redbeard 9 10-7 Stuart Coltherd Sam Coltherd 20/1
UR The Dutchman 8 10-11 Colin Tizzard Harry Cobden 20/1
PU Maggio 13 10-8 Patrick Griffin Brendan Powell 66/1
PU Double Ross 12 10-06 Nigel Twiston Davies Tom Bellamy 66/1
PU Tenor Nivernais 11 11-1 Venetia Williams Tom O’Brien 66/1
PU Carlingford Lough 12 11-1 John E Kiely Mark Walsh 33/1
PU Thunder And Roses 10 10-05 Mouse Morris JJ Slevin 33/1
PU Pendra 10 10-8 Charlie Longsdon Aidan Coleman 80/1
PU The Last Samuri 10 11-8 Kim Bailey David Bass 16/1
PU Chase The Spud 10 10-12 Fergal O’Brien Paddy Brennan 33/1
PU Warriors Tale 9 10-12 Paul Nicholls Sean Bowen 33/1
PU Total Recall 9 11-5 Willie Mullins Paul Townend 7/1F
PU Shantou Flyer 8 11-2 Richard Hobson James Bowen 20/1
PU Childrens List 8 10-8 Willie Mullins Jonathan Burke 66/1
PU Delusionofgrandeur 8 10-5 Sue Smith Henry Brooke 50/1
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