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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Grand National-winning jockey on his tearful little brother and 'emotional' Mouse Morris

Published 15/04/2016 | 08:39

There was such a compelling cast of characters featured in Rule the World's surprise 33/1 Grand National-winning story that it was hard to know who to focus on.

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You had unheralded 19-year-old David Mullins riding the winner, trainer Mouse Morris - winning his second national in a month, less than a year after losing his son - and the jockey's little brother Charlie, who tearfully greeted his sibling in the winners parade ring after the sensational race.

Mullins spoke to Off The Ball last night about his Grand National win, and expressed just as much surprise at his brother's emotional reaction as those watching on TV.

"I've never seen him like that ever. He is a hardy little chap. Maybe the day just got to him or he backed the second, I don't know," Mullins joked.

Another big storyline post-race was of Mouse Morris' touching tribute to his late son, Tiffer, who passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning in Argentina last year.

Mullins talked about how much Morris' recent success - winning both the Irish and English nationals - meant to the trainer.

"He only decided to fly his younger son over on the morning of the race for a bit of good luck," Mullins said.

"It has touched Mouse in a great way, and in an emotional way. His horses are doing well, he has won four nationals in the last year."

And as for Mullins himself, riding the winner in the most famous race in this part of the world has yet to truly sink in.

"I don't know whether I'm up in the clouds or still drunk," he said.

"Maybe it will sink one day when I'm sitting down on the couch with no ride."

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