WERE WOULD IRISH RACING BE WITHOUT O’LEARY?

“It’s brilliant news if this is the worst day for the bookies! If the taxi driver and the baker raise a glass to Tiger Roll, that is the beauty of it all.” Insisted winning trainer Gordon Elliott.

The essence of Red Rum returned to Aintree on Saturday when Tiger Roll, the 4-1 favourite, became the first horse for 45 years to win the Aintree Grand National two years in succession easing to a two and three quarter length success.

Michael O’Leary, the owner of Tiger Roll receives a mouth-watering £561k for winning this prestigious lengthy race; a life-changing quantity for most horse racing owners however for billionaire Ryanair owner O’Leary it won’t make much difference to his extravagant life.

Taking nothing away from the outrageously brilliant Tiger Roll who will be forever commemorated in the history books as the first horse since Red Rum 45 years ago to win this Aintree race back-to-back, that’s some accomplishment by the horse and meticulous trainer.

O’Leary is a colossal contributor to Irish horse racing, realistically the sport would be in a much worse predicament if he wasn’t so heavily involved. People detest him for their own reasons, mostly around his egotism aviation brashness however on this occasion I would like to congratulate him on this accomplishment of winning the national again and if you’re not astounded by this triumph you shouldn’t be involved in the sport, as there are much more lows in horse racing than highs.

I really do comprehend recreational punters and annual national £1 e/w betters are infuriated by such a short starting priced winner, they all wanted a big 33/1 shot scrabble home in the national nevertheless that didn’t happen and incontestably there was a bigger spectacle to behold, Tiger Roll won the race often considered a lottery for the second year in a row, if you had a good punt on him well done and if you backed something else sure that’s horse racing for you. I’d doubt O’Leary and Elliott are too concerned about him running next year, they are more interested in embracing the thrill of winning the national again. Winning the national once is a fairy-tale, winning it twice is almost far-fetched.

The jockey of Tiger Roll was Davy Russell, who needs to be seriously commended for his ice-coolness in the saddle, Jesus he must have been under some pressure riding a horse of such low odds in the national however he just did his job, and didn’t he do it well. Take a bow Russell.

There is no questioning the bookies have slightly elaborated on the colossal losses they attained however you can be certain of one thing that you have never seen a bookie on a bike they went home to their lavish lives thinking “It’s been a bad day though it will not be a bad year”.

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