Sunday 19 January 2020

Trainer Mouse Morris pays emotional tribute to late son after stunning Grand National win

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Most viewers were shocked when 33/1 Rule The Word surged powerfully down the final straight to take the 2016 Grand National but the horse's trainer, Mouse Morris, seemed to be more surprised than anyone.

It has been a tough year for Morris, whose son Tiffer (Christopher) passed away in South America last June due to carbon monoxide poisoning, but events of the last two weeks will go some way to easing his pain.

First, Morris trained Rogue Angel to victory in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse before repeating the trick at Aintree this afternoon with Rule The World.

Speaking after the Irish National win, Morris was very emotional as he talked about his son watching over him. Today's result was even more unexpected and once again, the trainer was thankful for his late son.

"We got help from somewhere," Morris said in a TV interview aired on RTE after the race.

"Somebody was looking down on us. It’s Disneyland. Fairytale stuff."

Both of Morris' victorious horses were owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, who said he was 'numb' after longshot Rule The World came out on top before crediting his trainer.

"Mouse has had a tough year."

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