Rule The World wins Grand National

David Mullins on Rule The World

Mullins enjoyed a dream ride on the nine-year-old

The 33-1 shot Rule The World, ridden by 19-year-old David Mullins and trained by Mouse Morris, has won the 2016 Grand National at Aintree.

Mullins, in his first ride in the race, came storming through to overhaul The Last Samuri (8-1 joint favourite) and Vics Canvas (100-1) late on.

It gave Morris a double after Rogue Angel’s Irish National win last month.

Last year’s winner Many Clouds challenged but was beaten a long way out and finished 16th and last.

Gilgamboa (28-1) was fourth with Goonyella (12-1) fifth.

The nine-year-old winner, owned by the Gigginstown House Stud headed by airline boss Michael O’Leary, had never claimed a victory over fences before.

And it was a sweet success for all concerned, including Morris, who has had a difficult 12 months after his son Christopher died in an accident in Argentina last summer.

“This is just magic,” he told BBC Radio 5 live afterwards. “I’ve got great friends who stood by me and helped.

“I’d have settled for third at the Elbow but he ran on like a train. He has injured his pelvis in two falls and before that he was one of the best horses I ever had.”

Mullins, the nephew of trainer Willie Mullins, described his experience as “special and magic”.

“It was just amazing. I’ve never had a feeling like this and it all went to plan,” he added.

“To get the call to ride this horse was amazing. The fact that it is his first win over fences is more amazing than me winning on my first time around.”

Heavy rain fell at the Liverpool track on Saturday afternoon which led to softer and more testing conditions for the 39 runners with only 16 managing to get around the four miles and two furlongs course, but all horses and jockeys returned safely.

More to follow.

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