2018 Grand National Review and Results
Check out our analysis of all 12 finishers in the 2018 Grand National, won by Tiger Roll at an SP of 10-1. Favourite, Blaklion was brought down at the very first fence, paving the way for Tiger Roll to claim victory. Though, the going was heavy to soft with rain in the week leading up to the big race. We saw many big contenders withdrawn in the days and hours prior including Minella Rocco, Vicente and Beeves.
Tiger Roll was well-supported after winning the Cross Country race at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. There have been many concerns that the small stature of this horse meant he wouldn’t handle with the big Grand National fences. Though, with a 10-13 weight, he proved them wrong.
Tiger Roll’s career earnings are now levelling at £801,983 after winning £500,000 for the 2018 Grand National.
At just 8 years-old Tiger Roll could easily be a return contender in this race for many years to come. However, it goes without saying his 10st-13lbs weight will be noticeably increased should he make 2019 Grand National.
2018 Grand National Results
|1.||Tiger Roll||10/1||Davy Russell|
|2.||Pleasant Company||25/1||David Mullins|
|3.||Bless the Wings||40/1||Jack Kennedy|
|4.||Anibale Fly||10/1||Barry Geraghty|
|6.||Road to Riches||33/1||Sean Flanagan|
|7.||Road to Riches||33/1||Robert Dunne|
|8.||Valseur Lido||66/1||Keith Donoghue|
|9.||Vieux Lion Rouge||25/1||Tom Scudamore|
|10.||Raz De Maree||20/1||Robbie Power|
|12.||Baie Des Iles||16/1||Katie Walsh|
|Pulled Up before finish line||Carlingford Lough||33/1||Mark Walsh|
|Pulled Up before finish line||Children’s List||66/1||Jonathan Burke|
|Pulled Up 29th Fence||Total Recall||7/1||Paul Townend|
|Pulled Up 29th Fence||Warriors Tale||33/1||Sean Bowen|
|Pulled Up 29th Fence||Pendra||80/1||Aidan Coleman|
|Pulled Up 29th Fence||Double Ross||66/1||Jamie Bargary|
|Unseated Rider 27th Fence||Ucello Conti||16/1||Daryl Jacob|
|Pulled Up 26th Fence||Thunder and Roses||33/1||JJ Slevin|
|Pulled Up 26th Fence||The Last Samuri||16/1||David Bass|
|Pulled Up 26th Fence||Tenor Nivernais||66/1||Tom O’Brien|
|Unseated Rider 23rd Fence||The Dutchman||20/1||Harry Cobden|
|Pulled Up 18th Fence||Maggio||66/1||Brendan Powell|
|Pulled Up 17th Fence||Delusionsofgrandeur||50/1||Henry Brooke|
|Pulled Up 15th Fence||Chase the Spud||25/1||Paddy Brennan|
|Fell 15th Fence||Alpha Des Obeaux||33/1||Rachael Blackmore|
|Brought down 15th Fence||Saint Are||50/1||Ciaran Gethings|
|Unseated Rider 8th Fence||Lord Windermere||50/1||A E Lynch|
|Unseated Rider 8th Fence||Buywise||50/1||Adam Wedge|
|Unseated Rider 8th Fence||Final Nudge||33/1||Gavin Sheehan|
|Unseated Rider 7th Fence||Captain Redbeard||20/1||Sam Coltheard|
|Fell 6th Fence||I Just Know||14/1||Danny Cook|
|Fell 6th Fence||Houblon Des Obeaux||25/1||Charlie Deutsch|
|Fell 6th Fence||Virgilio||50/1||Harry Skelton|
|Brought down 1st Fence||Blaklion||14/1||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|Fell 1st Fence||Perfect Candidate||50/1||Alain Cawley|
|Non Runner||Royal Encore||28/1||R. McLernon|
|Non Runner||Walk in the Mill||66/1||S. Waley Cohen|
It was an Irish cleansweep as the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company was a close second. His jockey, David Mullins, won the race in 2016, so it was nice to see Davy Russell hoist the trophy at the end of the day.
Irish champion trainer, Gordon Elliott, trained the winner and the third placed Bless The Wings. Tony Martin trained Anibale Fly finished fourth.
The best British runner was Milansbar in fifth, who also provided Bryony Frost with a completion in her first Grand National.
It was heartache for the favourited Blaklion. He was sent off a well-supported 14/1, but was brought down at the very first fence by the fall of Perfect Candidate. Only 12 runners finished from the field of 38. 7 year-old Baie Des Iles rounded out the finishers but she was around 85+ lengths behind Tiger Roll!