(CNN)Tiger Roll may have been the pre-race favorite at the Grand National but not since 2005 had the favorite won what is arguably the world's most famous jump race.
Fourteen years later, though, the nine-year-old -- the smallest horse in the field -- came through with a late burst at Aintree to emulate the legendary Red Rum's achievement of 45 years ago.
"Hard to put into words," legendary jockey AP McCoy, who rode more than 4,000 winners, told ITV.
"What an amazing little horse. He has such an amazing heart and has an amazing will to win."
Not since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 had the same horse won Grand Nationals in back-to-back years and who is to say Tiger Roll can't make more history next year?
The 4-1 favorite ridden by Irishman Davy Russell chased down 66-1 outsider Magic of Light with less than two of the 30 fences remaining and ultimately cruised home by roughly three lengths to cap the 4.25-mile race in Liverpool.
The rally was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 600 million and around 150,000 spectators on site, who perhaps marveled at Tiger Roll's resilience.
Rathvinden led for a portion of the race but the second favorite at 8-1 ultimately finished third among the 40 starters.