Gordon Elliott’s Memorable Year Continues with a Second Grand National Success
There was an exciting end to the 2018 Grand National at Aintree on April 14th with a photo finish declared between Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company. Judges awarded the decision in favour of Gordon Elliott’s charge, which presented the Irish trainer with his second winner in the race following the success of Silver Birch in 2007.
The trainer has already triumphed in the Irish National on Easter Monday and enjoyed a fruitful Cheltenham Festival in March and his run of success shows no signs of stopping. The eight-year-old finished narrowly ahead of Pleasant Company, who, in turn, was a number of lengths ahead of the tiring Bless the Wings, a horse also trained by Gordon Elliott. The well-backed Anibale Fly came home in fourth position.
Davy Russell, the oldest jockey in the race clinched his first win in the iconic steeplechase capping off a memorable month that also saw him win the leading jockey award at the Cheltenham Festival.
Nicky Henderson Enjoys a Profitable Three Days
Gordon Elliott may have clinched the main event once again but the Aintree Festival was also memorable for Nicky Henderson, whose yard roared back into form with a Grade 1 treble. Might Bite made up for his Cheltenham Gold Cup disappointment with an odds-on victory in the Betway Bowl. It was an easy success for the King George winner who struggled on the heavy ground at Prestbury Park just four weeks ago. The nine-year-old will now head to his summer quarters but is already priced up at 7/1 by William Hill in their ante-post Cheltenham Gold Cup market.
L’ami Serge was another popular winner for the Henderson stable with a three-length victory in the Aintree Hurdle whilst the impressive We Have a Dream justified market support in the Anniversary Juvenile Handicap.
Elsewhere, it was an emotional day for connections of Lalor. Following the sudden and untimely death of trainer Richard Woollacott in January 2018. The 14-1 shot was victorious under jockey Richard Johnson and was running under the name of Richard’s wife, Kayley. The horse has previously won a Grade 2 at this meeting twelve months ago but was absolutely sensational in the Top Novice’s Hurdle on April 13th.