Grand National: 14/1 shot One For Arthur claims victory at Aintree

Ross Houston
April 9, 2017

"I was a trustee of the IJF and you sit in meetings, trying to do something serious, save the world, save all the jockeys, and Jack Berry comes in and said: 'I'm going to build a house in Malton with millions of pounds.' And you think: 'Jack, I know you've got energy, you're more famous and everything than me but this is stupid".

"There's a nice connection there with Rubstic and I'm very proud for Scotland, but most of all, I'm proud for everyone here".

"He's incredible and he got a great ride". "He came here as a resident Monday to Friday and by the second week he was making good progress so we thought there might be a chance". He called a team meeting, which would have involved physiotherapists, a strength and conditioning coach and even the nutritionist.

Trainer Lucinda Russell, ably assisted by former champion jockey Peter Scudamore at her Kinross base, finally laid the ghost of a Scottish victor at the National to rest after a long wait since Rubstic's win in 1979. Arthur just cruised that race, Derek rode so well and I'm just a bit lost for words really. I hadn't had many rides back.

"I just can't believe we've won the Grand National - it's fantastic".

"I'd say we will start off in the autumn and go down a similar route and see where he goes". I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here.

Indeed, One For Arthur was so far back for so long that Scudamore was watching his son, Tom, on Vieux Lion Rouge, as the field came to Becher's Brook for the second time.

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

"It was amusing, but everything has just gone so smoothly including winning the race". Gordon Elliott has done a wonderful job with him to keep him in great shape.

"I've had a great partnership with the horse all year". If you had said to me an hour before the race you can take him home now as the ground is too fast I would have put him in the lorry.

SCOTTISH racing fans were enjoying a betting bonanza last night after the country's first Grand National win in 38 years. For a brief moment I took a pull. I was getting closer and closer and I thought I was maybe going to get there too soon.

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