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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary celebrated his Grand National win by treating delayed plane passengers to a ‘free bar’ – of one drink per person.

Flight FR447 from Liverpool to Dublin was delayed for half-an-hour after his horse, Tiger Roll, won The Randox Health Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase in a photo finish at Aintree.

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In a video filmed on board the flight, O’Leary apologised for the delay, telling passengers: ‘This is because we had to bring the Grand National-winning jockey, Davy Russell.’

He then announced that the patient passengers would be compensated with him breaking a long-standing Ryanair rule of giving away free alcohol.

The Ryanair chief executive said: ‘Today we won the Grand National so, unusually on board this flight, there’s going to be a free bar, which I am personally going to pay for, but you’re all restricted to one free drink only.

Michael O’Leary celebrated with the trophy after Tiger Roll won the Grand National (Picture: Rex Features)
O’Leary was clearly happy about his big win (Picture: Rex Features)

‘So free bar, and we may need to do a circuit over Dublin to get it all done.

‘Thank you and apologies once again.’

Ryanair’s average price per alcoholic drink is £5. If all 180 seats were taken, it will have cost O’Leary around £900.

But it was small change to O’Leary, who is reportedly due to collect around half-a-million pounds from his Grand National win, adding to his shares in the airline of around £700 million.

During a press conference following his second Grand National win, O’Leary said: ‘Some people don’t think I have a heart, but it was beating very hard and very fast for the last 100 yards of that race.

‘It was much more comfortable two years ago. You need a lot of luck, and the luck was shining down on us today.

‘This is a little horse we bought as a hurdler. It’s a phenomenal training performance by Gordon Elliott, to win a four-year-old hurdle in Cheltenham and then come back and win the greatest chase of all.

‘It’s brilliant – it’s beyond dreams.’

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