Co Armagh student wins Ladies Day style contest at Grand National festival

Minella Rocco

Minella Rocco won his first two races on soft ground in 2015

'I had three good rides and thought any one of them could win, but I just couldn't bear sitting at home watching someone else win on them.

"This one's for Pat Smullen", said 38-year-old Russell.

"He's a bit of a character and he probably is a real favourite in the yard". Jumping the final fence clear, Tiger Roll looked to have the race in the bag, but with tiredness kicking in, he had to show all his bravery to hold off the late challenge of Pleasant Company.

'I thought I was beat before then but I had to charge Davy Russell down.

Tiger Roll is on quite the hot streak.

'I did have a big fear, ' said Russell.

It takes two to tango and Pleasant Company was an able sparring partner with the pain of defeat etched all over David Mullins' face as he just fell short of repeating his National glory of two years ago, this time for his uncle Willie.

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"The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I've been lucky enough to win that (aboard Lord Windermere in 2014), but the National is so hard to win". But Davy went by me on a fresh horse at the second last and I wasn't going to win that race to the Elbow.

With Elliott and Mullins responsible for the first three home, the Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly completed a clean sweep for Ireland by filling fourth place.Third in the Cheltenham Cup, the eight-year-old covered himself in glory off his big weight of 11st 8lb for owner JP McManus."He was a bit exhausted afterwards, but he's fine today".

"And I can't afford to retire, I've got four kids!"

It was a second major reverse at the hands of an Elliott horse in the space of a fortnight for Mullins, having seen his Isleofhopendreams beaten just a head in the Irish National.

"We send horses to lots of trainers, and those that train winners get more horses, those that don't get less, and Gordon is setting different standards".

Miss Quinn said she was at the races with her family and friends and they had all entered the style contest together "for the craic".

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