One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1

SCOTS horse One For Arthur has brought home the Grand National for Scotland at Aintree.

Ridden by Derek Fox, the Lucinda Russell-trained runner galloped on resolutely to keep Cause Of Causes at bay and clinch the world's greatest steeplechase, emulating Rubstic in 1979.

The winning jockey - who was enjoying his first ride in the famous race - had only returned to race-riding earlier in the week following an injury. I can't believe it. He never missed a fence, within reason. With their partners spending most weekends on the golf course, they chose to get into the horse-racing business.

One For Arthur's trainer Lucinda Russell added: "That was unbelievable, I'm tearful but it is awesome".

"We wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for Lucinda, and Scu, and the whole team and their hard work and dedication", she says. It's been an absolutely incredible day.

"There'll be a big party at Kinross", Russell said via The Telegraph, going on to credit jockey Derek Fox.

"He's given us a fantastic journey".

"He's wonderful and he got a great ride".

Russell, whose partner and assistant is former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, is the fourth woman to train a Grand National victor after Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and Sue Smith.




Fox was a doubt for the race after getting injured on March 9. He has done us proud, he has done Scotland proud and he has done everyone at the yard proud.

The 14-1 victor, trained by Lucinda Russell, claimed the 170th running of the race with a thrilling sprint down the home stretch to prevail by four and a half lengths after a late duel with runner-up Cause Of Causes.

"I had a tinge of envy when AP McCoy finally rode a National victor (Don't Push It in 2010) but life goes on", said Scudamore.

"I kept him wide as he was making two or three lengths at every fence".

"I thought the conditions were going to be against him, so I think that was one of the biggest things that he's overcome". "He was unbelievable and took me everywhere". I couldn't resist it. "I don't often get a chance to ride a horse as good as that".

"I'm immensely privileged and delighted to have joined the likes of Sue Smith and her husband Harvey in winning a National".

I would have preferred more give in the ground and the drying day will make the conditions quicker.

"This is the best feeling I have ever had or probably ever will have". Sometimes he gets criticised for being too far back but that's how he likes to ride them.

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