David Mullins (Rule The World, winner)
“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.
“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.”
David Bass (The Last Samuri, second)
“He’s run an absolute blinder. I can’t fault the horse, he’s as brave as a lion. I’m just gutted to finish second.
“He travelled, he jumped, we fought off the third horse and it’s just gutting to be beaten by one.
“I thought going to the elbow that if we just kept going we might finish with a wet sail.
“Anyway, hopefully next year.”
Robbie Dunne (Vics Canvas, third)
“The race went as well as I could have hoped, apart from a mistake at Becher’s first time.
“It took him a while to get his confidence back. I just had to creep, creep away. I was fairly sure coming to the elbow that I was going to win, so it was a bit disappointing.”
Robbie Power (Gilgamboa, fourth)
“It’s his first time over that trip. He made one mistake early on, but otherwise jumped super. I had a fantastic spin.
“I was struggling turning in, and they got away from me, and no, I didn’t think I could win from that point.”
Jonathan Burke (Goonyella, fifth)
“The more it rained beforehand the happier I was as he loves a bit of cut, but we had a lot to do turning in.
“From four out I thought we were going to get close, but he gave his all and ran a blinder.”
James Reveley (Vieux Lion Rouge, seventh)
“He jumped like a buck and got a great run round.
“He was going well enough three out but he just didn’t stay.”
Davy Russell (Morning Assembly, eighth)
“I got a great ride. He jumped so well he got me in a false position after the third-last. I was trying to fill him up, but it just wasn’t to be.”
Barry Geraghty (Shutthefrontdoor, ninth)
“He ran a great race. He jumped and travelled, he just wasn’t good enough on the day.”
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