Tiger Roll wins National in photo finish

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    Irish challenger Tiger Roll won the Aintree Grand National in a photo finish after holding off a late surge by Pleasant Company.

    The 10-1 chance, ridden by the experienced Davy Russell, who had never won the race before, surged clear of the rest of the field late on.

    Tiger Roll tired on the run-in as Pleasant Company (25-1) and David Mullins moved to challenge.

    But he managed to hold on to secure victory for trainer Gordon Elliott.

    It is a second win in the race for Elliott, who guided Silver Birch to victory in 2007, while he also trained the third-placed finisher Bless The Wings (40-1).

    The Irish completed a clean sweep of the top four with Anibale Fly (10-1), while Bryony Frost, one of three female jockeys in the race, had an excellent run on Milansbar in fifth.

    More to follow.

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