One For Arthur captures National for Scotland

One For Arthur became only the second ever Scottish trained Grand National winner as he claimed the 2017 race.

The eight-year-old, trained by Lucinda Russell and rode by Derek Fox, followed in the hoof-steps of Rubstic who won the race back in 1979 to lift the world’s most famous horse racing crown at odds of 14/1.

He finished ahead of Gordon Elliott’s Cheltenham winner Cause of Causes, also 14/1 and Saint Are – who was at 40/1 .

Blaklion led for much of the race but ran out of steam on the run-in, but held on to claim fourth place. Gas Line Boy – at 50/1 –  was fifth with Vieux Lion Rouge (12-1) sixth.


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

“He’s amazing, He’s improved every time. I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has,” she said.

“It’s brilliant for Scotland. I said it’s for Scotland, but it’s really for the team and the yard. It’s out of this world.”

Winning jockey Fox added: “It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. He’s just such a brave horse. A sign of a true race horse to win the Grand National. It’s unbelievable.”

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