Screens were put up around Saint Are in front of one of the Aintree fences during the big race today.
Remarkably, Tiger Roll, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was also the victor of the Virtual Grand National, a computer-simulated running of the race broadcast on ITV last night.
"I won the race a thousand times in my head as child, I've been comimg here for years and it's fantastic to have finally have won it", commeted the winning jockey in an emotional interview in which he recalled the recent passing of his mother.
Nine-time Irish flat racing Champion Jockey Pat Smullen has forged an exceptionally successful relationship with trainer Dermot Weld in recent years but is taking a break from the sport in order to concentrate on making a complete recovery following his tumour diagnose.
"But it's just surreal, I don't think it's set in yet, I can't believe it".
Afterwards he told ITV: I've won this race a thousand times in my head, in my dreams as a child.More news: Mike Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela
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Tiger Roll was already firmly established as a yard favourite, having won for the third time at Cheltenham in March, this time landing the Cross-Country Chase.
"Coming here I was really anxious about the ground".
"This one is for Pat Smullen".
"It's been an unbelievable training performance from Gordon to turn him from a Triumph Hurdle victor into a National victor".
There's no shortage of intrigue with this year's race, and if you're looking to have a flutter, we've also got a guide to the best Grand National 2018 each-way bets.
Bryony Frost, one of three women jockeys in the race attempting to make history by being the first female victor, was fifth on Milansbar.