El­liott en­joys Tiger’s feat

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(186) A Bald­ing 8 10-0 (D3) ...... Joshua Bryan (5) (235) R Han­non 4 9-7 ............................. L Det­tori (199)CFel­lowes99-7(CD2) ................ SDono­hoe (178) R Var­ian 6 9-6 (D) ........................ A Atzeni (24) K Burke 4 9-6 (BF, D2) ............................ C Lee (3) (24) R Fa­hey 5 9-4 (D2) ..................... P Hana­gan (27) M John­ston 4 9-4 (D) .......... P J McDon­ald (262) G Peck­ham 4 9-3 (D3) ................. H Bent­ley (18) B Mee­han 5 9-3 (D5) ............................ ........................................................... Adam J McNa­mara (3) (24) R Ed­dery 7 9-1 (D2) ......................... J Crow­ley (169) H Palmer 4 9-0 (D) .................... James Doyle (206) P Cole 4 8-13 (CD) ......................... R L Moore (53) G L Moore 6 8-13 (D2) ..................... S W Kelly (262) W Jarvis 4 8-12 (D2) ........... J P Spencer (157) M W Easterby 6 8-11 (D3) ............... S De Sousa (193) R Beck­ett 5 8-10 (D) ............. O Mur­phy (24) Miss G Kelle­way 4 8-7 (D) ......... Aaron Jones (3) BET­TING: 9-2 In­shi­raah, 7 Me­dieval, 8 Medahim, 10 Mj­jack, Mazy­oun, 12 Juanito Chico, White Lake, Take The Helm, Ab­so­lutely So, 14 Oth­ers.

9-4 Close up, head­way to lead ap­proach­ing fi­nal fur­long, quick­ened clear, com­fort­able, won at New­mar­ket 7f fll hcp (2) gs in Jul beat­ing Car­tog­ra­pher by 4 1/2l, 7 ran. 11-2 Mid-divi­sion, head­way over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at New­mar­ket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beat­ing No­ble Star by 1 3/4l, 10 ran. 17-2 Held up be­hind, head­way to­wards far side over 2f out, soon rid­den to chase lead­ers, kept on same pace fi­nal fur­long, 4th of 15, 4l be­hind Mo­jito at York 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug. 17-2 Tracked leader, pulled hard early, ev­ery chance en­ter­ing fi­nal fur­long, kept on same pace clos­ing stages, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l be­hind Fire Bri­gade at Le­ices­ter 1m hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct. 4-1fav Held up to­wards rear, head­way over 2f out, rid­den over 1f out, soon faded, 5th of 10, 7l be­hind Per­fect Pas­ture at Don­caster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Mar.

33-1 Raced stand side tracked leader un­til rid­den half­way, soon weak­ened, 9th of 11, 28l be­hind Li­mato at New­mar­ket 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Oct. 5-1 Stead­ied start, held up in last trio, head­way to­wards far side of group over 1f out, kept on into never nearer 4th fi­nal 100 yards, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l be­hind D’bai at As­cot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gs in Jul. 8-1 Tracked leader, rid­den to lead en­ter­ing fi­nal 2f, ran on, won at Ling­field 7f app hcp (2) pol in Mar beat­ing Reck­less En­deav­our by 3/4l, 13 ran.

33-1 Led, went clear over 3f out, rid­den over 1f out, headed in­side fi­nal fur­long, weak­ened to­wards fin­ish, 6th of 20, 4l be­hind Lord Glit­ters at As­cot 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct. 7-2 Tracked leader un­til rid­den over 2f out, weak­ened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7l be­hind Mis­ter Mu­sic at South­well 7f hcap (2) fbs in Mar. 16-1 Mid-divi­sion cen­tre un­til merged with far side group over 5f out, weak­ened 2f out, 11th of 20, 21l be­hind Addeybb at Don­caster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar. 33-1 Close up cen­tre group, rid­den over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 20, 7l be­hind High Ac­claim at Don­caster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar. 25-1 Close up, rid­den and ev­ery chance over 1f out, no ex­tra in­side fi­nal fur­long, 7th of 19, 3 1/2l be­hind Spec­u­la­tive Bid at Don­caster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov. 33-1 Held up to­wards rear cen­tre un­til merged with far side group, never a fac­tor, 12th of 20, 22l be­hind Addeybb at Don­caster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar. 12-1 To­wards rear, rid­den over 2f out, never near lead­ers, 8th of 11, 8l be­hind Zwayyan at As­cot 1m stks 0-90 (3) gs in Oct. 25-1 Led cen­tre group and just about on terms, headed in group over 1f out, weak­ened fi­nal fur­long, 13th of 18, 9l be­hind Makzeem at New­mar­ket 7f hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep. 33-1 Held up to­wards rear, head­way over 1f out, never on terms, 12th of 14, 5l be­hind El­jad­daaf at Ling­field 7f hcp (3) pol in Feb. GOR­DON El­liott promised to ap­pre­ci­ate his sec­ond Ran­dox Health Grand Na­tional suc­cess far more than he did his first af­ter Tiger Roll clung on in a thriller at Ain­tree.

When Sil­ver Birch passed the post in front back in 2007, El­liott was a fresh-faced 29-year-old still mak­ing his way as a fledg­ling trainer. At the time, he had re­mark­ably not even sad­dled a win­ner in his na­tive Ire­land.

The progress he has made in the 11 years since has been noth­ing short of as­ton­ish­ing.

In the last five weeks alone the mas­ter of Cul­len­tra has taken the top trainer award at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year, gone through the 200-win­ner bar­rier for the sea­son in Ire­land and won his first Ir­ish Grand Na­tional with Gen­eral Prin­ci­ple.

He is long odds-on to be de­throne Wil­lie Mullins and claim his first Ir­ish trainer’s ti­tle later this month and while his great ri­val pushed him all the way on Mersey­side, with the boldly-rid­den Pleas­ant Com­pany go­ing down fight­ing, it was El­liott who won the day once more.

He said: “I was ner­vous. I thought I had it, but you’re so ner­vous watch­ing it.

“I said I didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate the first time round. I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate it now.”

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