TIGER Roll - described as "small, but with the heart of a lion" by owner Michael O'Leary - won a thrilling Grand National by a matter of inches at Aintree.

The three-time Cheltenham Festival winner was seemingly home and dry after jumping the last, but tired on the run-in and just held off a late surge by second placed Pleasant Company to win at odds of 10/1.

Irish horses occupied the first six places in a race marred by the death of a faller at Becher's Brook the first time round, which meant the fence was not jumped on the second circuit.