TIGER Roll won the 171st Grand National in a dramatic photo finish this afternoon.

The smallest horse in the race, Tiger Roll, ridden by Davy Russell, just crossed the finish line before Pleasant Company, ridden by David Mullin.

It was a disappointing result for The Dutchman, owned by Bishop Auckland businessmen Lee Ellison and Lee Aldsworth. The horse exited at fence 24, but ran prominently until that point, holding a position near to the front of the race.

Bishop Auckland businessmen's high hopes for Grand National win

Mr Aldsworth, 40, and Mr Ellison, 45, bought The Dutchman 2.5 years ago. The son of King’s Theatre, a well-known successful Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, The Dutchman has so far won three races including the three-mile Peter Marsh Chase, at Haydock Park.

The results:

  1. Tiger Roll 10-1
  2. Pleasant Company 25-1
  3. Bless the Wings 40-1
  4. Anibale Fly 10-1
  5. Milansbar 25-1
  6. Road to Riches 33-1