2018 Randox Health Grand National
38 runners went to post in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National and the maxim that size really doesn’t matter was never more appropriate as Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the race, landed the prize under jockey Davy Russell.
The adrenalin and drama
Total Recall had been backed into an unrealistic 7/1 favourite spot but Tiger Roll was always well liked, going off at 10/1 having received serious investment during the day. As is traditional on Grand National day call centre workers gasped for air as the whole country grabbed their phones or hit their local betting shops to bet on the horses with the coolest names or standout colours. Unfortunately for the bookmakers the winner had both the name and the credentials to give them a massive headache from the multitude of bets made by professional and part-time punters alike.
With two fences to go the race was still open with around ten runners in contention, including Pleasant Company, who had always been prominent, and Tiger Roll, looking poised to strike at any moment. As they approached the last Davy Russell’s charge seemed, bar a bad jump, to be a certain winner with Milansbar, Anibale Fly and Bless the Wings ultimately completing the first five places.
Amazingly, having been lengths behind on the run-in, Pleasant Company gained a second wind and the result had to be decided in a shock photo finish. It was a hugely dramatic finale from 200 yards out but Tiger Roll’s nose was in front at the post and that’s all that mattered to those who backed him.