Tuesday 27 September 2016

Michael O'Leary's Rule The World uses late surge past favourites to take Grand National at 33/1

Published 09/04/2016 | 17:40

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins celebrates as he rides Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins celebrates as he rides Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Rule The World showed his battling qualities when ploughing through the rain-softened conditions to land the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

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Steadily working his way through the field, the 33-1 shot was sitting a close third as The Last Samuri and Vics Canvas jumped the last together.

The Last Samuri battled on at the elbow but could not quite hold off the strong-finishing Mouse Morris-trained nine-year-old, who was remarkably winning for the first time over fences.

Forging on inside the final 100 yards under 19-year-old David Mullins - on his first ride in the race - the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding eventually crossed the line six lengths ahead of 8-1 joint-favourite The Last Samuri.

Vics Canvas was third at 100-1 and Gilgamboa (28-1) fourth.

Rule The World is owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, trained by Mouse Morris who is based in Fethard, Co Tipperary and ridden by David Mullins.

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