One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1

Posted April 12, 2017

Derek Fox rode 14-1 shot One For Arthur to victory in the 170th running of the Grand National.

One for Arthur jumped so jolly well, apparently loving every minute of his four mile journey, shaking Cause of Causes 16-1 by 4.5 lengths, with Saint Are, third at 25-1.

One For Arthur, the first Randox Health Grand National victor trained in Scotland for 38 years and only the second from north of the border, will follow a carbon copy season next year when he tries to become the first back-to-back victor since Red Rum in 1974.

He added: "The racecourses here in Scotland, they are the best administered, the best racecourses I've ever come across".

The eight-year-old horse is trained by the partner of Peter Scudamore, a former eight-time champion jockey who never won the grueling race in 12 attempts in the saddle.

It is Scotland's first victory in the event since 1979.

Perhaps the most heartening news of all was Aintree's announcement afterwards that all 40 horses had returned safely to the "cool down" area shortly after the race.

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An emotional Russell paid tribute to her Arlary Stable for the work they have done with One for Arthur who is owned by fellow Scots Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson. I can't believe it.

If it seems miraculous, then those working the miracle are all employed at the Injured Jockeys' Fund's northern rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House.

"He's unbelievable. He's improved very time".

The victor is owned by childhood friends Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson - who chose the name "Two Golf Widows" for their ownership partnership in a dig at their husbands when they teamed up to buy him. "To win at three Festivals and be second in the Grand National is fantastic and he gave me some spin", said Codd.

"It was an wonderful day and a unbelievable experience for me as an amateur".

"He came there with his chance at two out and I would just say he has been outstayed". Arthur just cruised that race. "I'm 35 now, so to have it down on the CV that I've ridden in the Grand National is brilliant". "We've got some fantastic people here".

"I'm not quite sure just what I've achieved yet but all I can say is that it's an wonderful feeling". Barry (Geraghty) said he gave him a great ride round there, but he just didn't get home.