Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1


The 14-1 victor was ridden by Derek Fox, who was only passed fit to ride in the race on Wednesday, winning on his first-ever National ride.

One For Arthur, trained by Lucinda Russell, sprinted down the home stretch to take the title by four-and-a-half lengths.

Cause of Causes, under amateur Jamie Codd, managed to hold off the fast charging Saint Are, runner-up in 2015, whilst the favourite Blaklion was fourth giving the oldest jockey in the race, 41-year-old Noel Fehily, his first finish in the top four in 15 rides.

One For Arthur became only the second Scottish-trained horse to triumph in the world famous race.

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

"We got a message about what he had done and that he had a good ride in the National and it looked unlikely.

We have got a fantastic team behind us and it is great - long may it continue", said Lucinda, who also credited her partner Peter Scudamore for the success.

It was the first Scottish-trained victor for 38 years and the fourth trained by a woman after Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and, most recently, Sue Smith.

All 40 horses came home safely.

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"It's unbelievable. I can't believe it".

"The only concern I had was that he'd be too slow and get too far back".

"The doctor said the only way I would be able to race is with a splint on", Fox said.

"He's unbelievable. He's improved very time". I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has.

Owner JP McManus let him keep the ride in Saturday's Aintree spectacular and Codd did not let him down, enjoying a fantastic first ride in the race by finishing a clear second behind One For Arthur.

Russell was becoming the fourth woman to train the National victor after Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and Sue Smith, and went on: "It means everything".

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

"He's a fabulous horse and you only have to ride him once or twice to know he's a real superstar". Not everyone can be champion jockey but this race just gives a standard jockey like me a chance to shine on the big stage. I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here.

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