Tiger Roll wins the 2018 Grand National after dramatic finish – live! | Sport

Published on April 14, 2018










Tiger Roll wins the 2018 Grand National!

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4.20pm Stayers Hurdle result

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Richard Johnson, the champion jockey, will get an unexpected chance to win the National for the first time in his long career aboard Saint Are, who has finished second and third in this race in the past. He replaces the luckless Adrian Heskin, who has been taken to hospital for X-rays on his wrist after a fall from Rocklander in the Betway Handicap Chase.

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There is now just an hour to go until the Grand National itself and there are still at least four horses that could set off as the favourite. In fact, this could well be the most open National this century, and the biggest price for a favourite since 2000 has been 10-1, in 2014, 2010 and 2004.

The shortest-priced favourite in that time, incidentally, was Seabass, who set off at just 11-2 in 2013 after a widespread public gamble on the possibility that Katie Walsh would become the first female rider to win the race.

She finished 13th behind the 66-1 chance Aurora’s Encore, and Hedgehunter, who was a 7-1 chance in 2005, remains the only clear favourite to win the race this century, although Don’t Push It (10-1 in 2010) and Comply Or Die (7-1 in 2008) were both joint favourites.

Total Recall seems most likely to emerge as a clear favourite at this stage, but if the market leader (or leaders) were to set off at 12-1 or bigger, this would be not just one of the most open races of the century, but one of the most open of all time.










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Stayers Hurdle preview (4.20pm)

Aintree’s Stayers Hurdle is the last of our ‘appetiser’ races before the Grand National itself. It’s a redemption mission for Sam Spinner, who was well fancied for the equivalent race at the Cheltenham Festival last month but ended up setting too slow a pace in front and getting outpaced. A Grade One winner at Ascot in December, he could easily bounce back and is one of the hottest favourites of the day at 6-5. Still, I prefer the claims of Wholestone, who ended up about a length in front of that rival at Cheltenham, where he was third and best of the English-trained horses. He’s
tough, consistent and not at all bothered by this kind of ground. Then there’s The Worlds End, who won a Grade One over this course and distance last April, and Identity Thief, trying a new distance after running a respectable fourth in the Champion Hurdle.

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3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase result

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