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Grand National: Russell stays cool in bid to make history on Tiger Roll

The jockey, trying to ride Tiger Roll to the first repeat National win since Red Rum, is laid-back before Saturday’s big race

Some jockeys brood before they ride a big-race favourite. They retreat into their shell, spend countless hours poring over their mount’s form, obsess about how events could unfold and try to come up with a plan for every eventuality. Davy Russell is not one of them.

Tiger Roll, Russell’s mount in Saturday’s Grand National, is forecast to be the shortest-priced favourite for the race for almost half a century. Millions of punters around the world will be straining to pick out Russell’s maroon and white colours from among the 40 runners thundering towards the first fence and many tens of millions of pounds will be riding on his back.

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