Footage shows the tragic moment Up For Review suffered the first fatal fall at the Grand National in seven years – just minutes before Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back renewals.
Red Rum claimed the first of his three victories in the world’s most famous steeplechase 46 years ago – before successfully defending his crown in 1974 and again in 1977.
Jockey Davy Russell had Tiger Roll well positioned to follow suit in the four-and-a-quarter-mile race on Saturday, and, after moving to the front, he was able to claim a historic victory over 66-1 chance Magic of Light.
But the Gordon Elliott-trained horse’s win was marred by tragedy this afternoon as his competitor Up For Review ‘sustained a fatal injury’ at the very first fence.
Vets travelling alongside the race rushed to the horse’s side to provide care but sadly the gelding died seconds after his fall.
The horse, ridden by Danny Mullins, was the first to be killed in the steeplechase since the deaths of Synchronised and According to Pete in 2012.
Jockey Davy Russell celebrates with the coveted trophy after winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase with Tiger Roll on Saturday
Tiger Roll, ridden by Davy Russell, made history when he came out victorious in the Grand National – the first horse to win two back-to-back renewals since Red Rum in the 1974
The Gordon Elliott-trained horse’s win was marred by tragedy this afternoon as Up For Review (circled) died in a fall at the very first fence
His death, which was also the first since new safety measures were brought in seven years ago, marked the third loss for owners Andrea and Graham Wylie this month. The couple lost Invitation Only and Ballyward at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Dickon White, from the Jockey Club, said: ‘As a sport of animal lovers, we wanted every horse to come home and sadly that’s not been the case with Up For Review.
‘All of us at Aintree extend our sympathies to Andrea and Graham Wylie and the team behind the horse. You have to go back to 2012 since we lost a horse in the Grand National, thanks in part to the huge amount of effort and investment we put into horse welfare.
‘However, while you cannot remove all risk from our sport, we will analyse what happened and leave no stone in doing so.’
Two horses, Crucial Role and Forest Des Aigles, also died on Friday after falls during Ladies Day at Aintree.
The RSPCA tweeted it was ‘deeply saddened’ by the three deaths and called for ‘crucial steps’ to be taken to reduce the risk of such tragedies.
It said: ‘We’re deeply saddened and concerned to see the deaths of three horses, Forest Des Aigles, Crucial Role and Up for Review, at Aintree this year. The death of any horse is always one too many and it’s crucial steps are urgently taken to reduce the risk of these tragedies.’
Competitors of the much-anticipated race were seen passing by a screen erected around the fallen horse at their 23rd fence
The horse, ridden by Danny Mullins (pictured left), was the first to be killed in the steeplechase since the deaths of Synchronised and According to Pete in 2012
Davy Russell had the 4-1 favourite well positioned throughout the four-and-a-quarter-mile journey and after moving to the front
Winning owner Michael O’Leary (pictured right with Anita Farrell) said: ‘It’s unbelievable. It’s a phenomenal training performance by Gordon. It’s brilliant that he keeps bringing this horse back at Cheltenham better than ever and Aintree better than ever’
In Saturday’s race, Rathvinden came in third place and Walk In The Mill was fourth.
Tiger Roll’s owner Michael O’Leary said: ‘It’s unbelievable. It’s a phenomenal training performance by Gordon. It’s brilliant that he keeps bringing this horse back at Cheltenham better than ever and Aintree better than ever.
‘And what a ride by Davy – fantastic. It’s unbelievable, to win two Grand Nationals is just incredible. It’s a great result for the punters as well.’
For much of the way it looked like Ruby Walsh might seal his third National success as his mount Rathvinden raced and jumped with zest on the front end, along with stablemate and last year’s narrowly beaten runner-up Pleasant Company.
Crowds of excited racegoers gasped from the grandstand as the competing horses rushed to the first of thirty jumps on Saturday
Jockey Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory in the Grand National Handicap Chase horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse
However, Tiger Roll was always in their slipstream and it was clear on the run to the final fence that barring accidents he would seal victory, with Russell still motionless in the saddle.
Jessica Harrington’s mare Magic Of Light attempted to chase him down, but Tiger Roll was not for catching and passed the post comfortably ahead.
It was a third National success for Elliott – having first struck gold as a fledgling trainer with Silver Birch in 2007.
And thousands of revellers had geared up throughout the third day of the festival with champagne and cocktails ahead of the start of the big race.
Winning owner Michael O’Leary said: ‘It’s unbelievable. It’s a phenomenal training performance by Gordon. It’s brilliant that he keeps bringing this horse back at Cheltenham better than ever and Aintree better than ever’
Trainer Gordon Elliott celebrates with a trophy after the 5.15pm Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree
Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (right) races Magic Of Light (left) and Rathvinden (middle) on Grand National Day at Aintree Racecourse
The County Meath handler – who had 11 of the 40 runners – said: ‘Winning this is special, I just can’t wait to get home to see all my family and friends.
‘I was trying to watch all of mine, I can’t believe it.
‘I never once thought he was going to win until he crossed the line, because I could remember was last year. He didn’t tie up this year. He’s an absolute gentleman to deal with.
‘I don’t get upset too often, but I’m emotional today. For my whole yard and everyone involved it’s unbelievable – you dream about this. He’s named well – he’s a tiger – and he knows how to win.’
All eyes were on this afternoons race, at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside, which kicked off at 5.15pm and saw Tiger Roll and Davy Russell take their place in history to win the world’s greatest steeplechase
The main event of the Grand National has kicked off at Aintree this afternoon as jockeys battle to take home the coveted champion title
Men and women were dressed in their best outfits, with ladies donning plunging necklines as they defied the chilly April temperatures at today’s Grand National Race.
More than 150,000 are thought to have attended the three-day meeting, including several glamorous revellers who braved a PrettyLittleThing dress which was worn by six others on Ladies Day yesterday.
All eyes were on this afternoon’s race, at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside, which kicked off at 5.15pm and saw Tiger Roll and Davy Russell take their place in history to win the world’s greatest steeplechase for the second time.
According to racecourse bosses, there’s no strict dress code for the festival as there is for Royal Ascot.
But that didn’t stop attendees from making a real effort with their outfits, with their bright colours competing for attention.
Enjoying the day! Racegoers in the stands during one of the races. It’s all smiles as the men and women clutch onto their drinks
Cheers! These women pulled out all the stops today and all wore brilliant fascinators and hats to match their fabulous outfits
Save all your kisses for me! One woman poses with a pout as she enjoys a glass of pink fizz with her friends in the sunshine
Racegoers take a selfie to immortalise their blazing outfits and smiles amid others competing for fashion praise. Various fascinators were also on show with some opting for small hair clips instead (centre)
Women in stylish hats and floral dresses, as well as other colourful outfits, were on show at today’s race. These five women looked pleased as punch as they sipped champagne
Red and blue: These women sipped champagne as they smiled in their contrasting red and blue hats and dresses. It seemed like most people went all out for the annual horse racing festival
Cheers to that! Lines of drinks can be seen being held by revellers who enjoyed bouts of sunshine this afternoon as the races went on
Hold on to your hat! These men looked happy and were cheering during one of the races as they sipped their lager and red wine
Time for a refreshment! This woman sips her champagne while watching one of the races earlier today. She was wearing a floral dress
The Grand National Festival is renowned for its daring displays of fashion, and day three of this year’s event has been no different. Above: Glamorous racegoers pose proudly after arriving at the racecourse, in Sefton, Merseyside, today
Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo (left) was among several stars attending the Grand National today to watch the action, wearing a pink coat dress and carrying a small maroon handbag. This is while Michele Mone was also in attendance (right)
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The final day of this year’s event has pushed the fashion stakes one step higher, as these beaming friends showed (right), this is while one reveller was brave enough to wear a plunging PrettyLittleThing dress (left) which was worn by six others on Ladies Day yesterday. The dress, which is available in sizes 4-16 in the UK, costs £70
Jockey Ruby Walsh (centre) was in attendance today with his wife and three children (pictured above) and they were seen taking a stroll on the race course
Looking chic! Everton ambassador Graham Sharp was in attendance with his partner (left) as were Victoria Tiplady and Lucy Williams (right)
Jockeys took a stroll over the race course in between races today and were wearing traditional riding boots and jackets
A host of stars were also pictured at the racecourse on Saturday, including Made in Chelsea Georgia Toffolo and footballer Dion Dublin. As well as this many famous jockey’s were in attendance such as AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh, who came along with his children.
The day will see over £25million spent in bets and while a jaw-dropping 20,000 bottles of bubbly will be consumed.
It has been a damp start to the day today but revellers came prepared with umbrellas as they sipped the champagne on offer.
So far today one horse called Ornua got his season back on track with a dominant front-running display in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase .
This is while police were also spotted on patrol around the course riding quad bikes. It is thought there is a higher police presence today after a fight broke out between racegoers and youths following Ladies Day at Aintree, police have said.
One woman, wearing a patterned dress with an orange collar was holding her betting slip and pointing to the racecourse
On the edge of their seats! These attendees looked both excited and shocked as they watched the race this afternoon. All hoping to scoop the winning prize
Smile for the camera! These women were glowing as they donned sunglasses and dresses. The lady in the middle is seen holding her drink and her betting slip
Officers were called to the former Old Roan pub on Copy Lane, about a mile from the racecourse, at 7.30pm on Friday following reports a large group of youths had confronted racegoers, resulting in a fight.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of affray but has since been released under investigation.
Superintendent Dave Charnock of Merseyside Police said: ‘This kind of violent disorder in a public place will not be tolerated and we are currently examining CCTV and video footage and following a number of lines of inquiry to identify those responsible. A dispersal zone has been put in place to tackle anti-social behaviour and high-visibility patrols will be stepped up in the area over the weekend.
‘This means that any groups of people gathering in the areas of Old Roan to Warbreck Moor can be moved on. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or has any footage to contact us.’
He added: ‘Despite this incident occurring away from the racecourse, the actions of individuals involved have tarnished what was an otherwise fantastic day for racegoers and we will continue to pursue those responsible and put them before the courts.
‘We have no doubt that everyone attending the final day of the Grand National Festival will have a fantastic time and officers will be both inside and outside the course to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.’
The brawl comes as it was announced that specialist drone surveillance teams had been recruited to keep watch over the Grand National amid fears the flying gadgets are a safety risk to those arriving to the event by helicopter.
Suited and booted: These men were looking swarve as they donned smart suits and sunglasses. One man was wearing a tweed suit while another when for a blue suit
Race goers were in good spirits this afternoon as they raised their hands in the air. These two women were beaming as they enjoyed the day
Gorgeous! These women lined up together to have their photo taken all sporting glamorous outfits and stunning shoes
The Telegraph reported that The Jockey Club, owners of Aintree racecourse, had hired a team of spotters after fears were expressed that they are becoming an increasing safety risk from drones.
Technology will be used to discover whether or not pilots of the devices were breaking any rules or regulations , such as flying too low or in exclusion zones.
An Aintree spokesman said: ‘As well as the police, we’re working with special drone surveillance team who will operate across the Festival with the aim to ensure there is no disruption to the Randox Health Grand National Festival.’
Aside from the police intervention at Ladies Day yesterday, those in attendance seemed to have enjoyed themselves, as many stars were spotted walking around the racecourse.
This is while those part of the horse racing community hit at at those stating that the annual festival was not in the best interest of the horse’s welfare.
One woman looked to be enjoying herself as she laughed out loud at one of her friend. She was all ready for the occasion and wore a black fascinator
Police were also on hand to make sure revellers behave themselves at today’s event and were patrolling the race course on quad bikes
This group looked more than ready for the day as they donned floral and patterned dresses and an array of hats. All women were wearing heels and will likely benefit from the free flip flops which are on offer at the festival
Famous faces that attended today’s races included retired racing legend AP McCoy (left), who won the Grand National in 2010, as well as former Aston Villa football player Dion Dublin, pictured with his wife Louise (right)
British field hockey player Sam Quek (left) is also attending today’s event and wore a tailored black dress with a matching sunhat. This is while one reveller (right) clutched hold of two glasses of champagne
Easy tiger: Some racegoers wore fancy dress, such as this large group of wild revellers dressed in tiger-themed suits with matching ties
Today’s race takes place at 5.15pm and will see one horse and its rider take their place in history to win the world’s greatest steeplechase. Above: Smiling men revellers wear their most daring multi-coloured shirts
Female jockey Lizzie Kelly gave assurances that equine welfare is ‘hugely important’ to those who work in horse racing.
Prior to the three-day meeting in Liverpool, more than £1.5 million was spent to try to protect the welfare of horses.
Speaking to Sportsmail earlier this week Kelly said: ‘I think anybody outside of the sport who genuinely believes that the people within the sport don’t care about horse welfare probably need to educate themselves.
‘Horse welfare is obviously hugely important for people who are training racehorses, you can’t win races with horses that are unfit, unwell, unhealthy in any sort of way.
‘They’re looked after in hugely important ways. Everything about them is analysed, whether it’s what feed, what hay, what bedding they have, how much time they spend relaxing outside in fields against how much time they spend being exercised.’
These two women looked stunning as they watched the racing. The woman on the left wowed in a light blue dress with a floral pattern while the one on the right wore a white dress complimented by a navy fascinator
Packed out! Runners and riders in the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle during Grand National Day of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse
A grand old time! This couple looked as though they were enjoying themselves as they watched the racing unfold. The woman (left) was wearing a beautiful fuchsia dress with a matching fascinator and black sun glasses. This is while the man accompanying her wore a grey suit with a paisley patterned tie and a white shirt
All fun and games! These three friend giggle as they chat together. They are all dressed in summer colours. The woman on the left wore a ruffled white dress, while her friend in the centre wore a similar dress with a pink ruffle. The woman on the right went for patterns and wore a blue dress with a frilled hemline
Girls just wanna have fun! These women look like they are having a blast together as one woman protectively puts her arm around anothers waist and the other hold the one in the centre’s hand
Spotted a winner yet? These two women on the right had a chat overlooking the racecourse while both wearing stunning emsembles of baby pink and navy. Another group of women (left) looked like they were having fun as the giggled with each other