Rule the World is a 33/1 Irish Grand National winner

Delight for winning owner Michael O'Leary at Aintree
Delight for winning owner Michael O'Leary at Aintree

There was an Irish triumph at Aintree as Ryanair supermo owner Micheal O'Leary saw toasted a triumph for Rule The World in the Crabbie's Grand National.

O'Leary was in tears at the end of the race, as he celebrated with connections after witnessing a victory in one of the world's most celebrated races.

Steadily working his way through the field, the Rule the World was sitting a close third as The Last Samuri and Vics Canvas jumped the last together.

The Last Samuri battled on at the elbow but could not quite hold off the strong-finishing Mouse Morris-trained nine-year-old, who was remarkably winning for the first time over fences.

Forging on inside the final 100 yards under 19-year-old David Mullins - on his first ride in the race - the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding eventually crossed the line six lengths ahead of 8-1 joint-favourite The Last Samuri. Vics Canvas was third at 100-1 and Gilgamboa (28-1) fourth.

Winning jockey Mullins said: "It's unbelievable. I just couldn't expect things to have gone better.

"There was one little mishap at the fourth-last, but thank god I came out (the other side). Everything went to plan really.

"Credit to Mouse, he's produced this horse without having won over fences. Then there's me, who's never even walked around the Grand National track.

"Mouse is a genius and he's the best man in the world for preparing a horse for one day.

"I'm very thankful to Michael and Eddie O'Leary (of Gigginstown) for giving me the chance.

"That's the best ride I've ever got off a horse and it's the best feeling to come back into a place like this. It was just brilliant."

Gigginstown supremo Michael O'Leary also won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month with Don Cossack and said: "This is the cream on top.

"I don't know what to feel, I'm numb. I thought I had no chance in it, I wanted to win a Gold Cup and it was beyond dreams that I could win a Grand National.

"To win a Gold Cup, Irish National and Grand National in one year - I think I should stop, it's not going to get any better than this."

A proud Kim Bailey said of The Last Samuri: "Nothing is over until they cross the line, the horse tried his heart out and he jumped for fun.

"It's the longest run-in you can possibly imagine. I was standing here screaming - my voice has gone.

"We've beaten the third horse, but another horse has come on the outside from nowhere.

"I'm just so proud. We'll do it all over again next year 12lb worse off."

Owner Paul Rooney said: "He's only a baby at seven years old, next year is his year.

"This is his trial run and we're very confident about next year."