Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the race, got the verdict in a photo finish, giving jockey Russell his first triumph in the world's most famous steeplechase. "I can't believe it, to be honest". "She would get me out of bed at six in the morning and drive me round the country".
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.
Interviewed in the minutes after his win Russell, who had just won his first Grand National at 38, was visibly emotional.
Race favourite Total Recall made a shocking error at the third and again later on the first circuit to lose any chance of winning leaving it to his unfancied Willie Mullins' stablemate Pleasant Company to almost pull off a remarkable victory.
"When Gordon first won the National, I thought "Who the hell is he?', and it was only when he started racking up lots of winners at places like Ayr and Perth that I thought, 'This is something different", he said. The horse is now a National victor in addition to having won three different Cheltenham Festival races. "It's unbelievable for Davy Russell - his father Jerry is, I'm sure, very proud watching him at home".
"Winning confined maidens around Inch or Dromahane or Tallow used to satisfy me and now I've won this, it's fantastic, I've had a brilliant career, great people around me and I hope everyone that has supported me along the way can enjoy this as much as I will". "In a war of attrition like that, all you want is another stride". 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. I thought I'd have one crack at him after the Elbow. It has now been confirmed that he has returned to Stables where he is stable and is being monitored overnight.
A student from Co Armagh was celebrating yesterday after winning the annual style contest on ladies day at the Grand National festival at Aintree.