One For Arthur wins Grand National 2017

Carla Harmon
April 11, 2017

Looking back at the likes of Rag Trade in 1976, Mr Frisk in 1990 and most recently Don't Push It in 2010, horses winning the Grand National have worn the number six saddlecloth a total of seven times in the last 50 years - that's a winning percentage of 14%!

Cause Of Causes was one of three runners in the race for McManus, who memorably claimed National glory with the Anthony McCoy-ridden Don't Push It in 2010.

"It was like passing parked cards and he was really hitting top gear in the last mile". He's an wonderful horse, he's improved every time.

The 24-year-old was riding in the world's most famous race for the first time at Aintree on Saturday but revealed he had only watched it back once.

"Lots of people will tune in to watch the race for the first time and Mane Match is a fun way of narrowing down the search for your flawless equine partner for Saturday's big race".

"The tack slipped round his belly and there was nothing else I could do from there", said Cook, who during the incident had done well to remain on the horse. "It's the best feeling I've ever had in my whole life and it's unbelievable".

Scudamore, as partner and assistant trainer to One For Arthur's handler Lucinda Russell, was keen to impart his knowledge of the track - and the two men agreed that patience would be a virtue on the big day. Yet after five years without a fatality in this, one of the most unsafe races in the world, at least the BHA can say they are moving in the right direction.

"I'm gutted not just for myself but for all the connections", said jockey Danny Cook.

"His jumping was second to none on the day".

"He jumped a shade to the left at the second-last and we had a bit of a collision with Blaklion, so that was a brief scare, but it didn't slow him down and he's done it very well in the end".

Paddy Power revealed one lucky city punter put a £250 each way bet on the horse which amounts to around £950. We've got a fantastic team behind us.

"There were times early on I didn't think I'd make it, but there was never any danger of me not getting back on the horse if I was fit enough".

"Lucinda couldn't have had the horse in any better form".

It has been a successful partnership, cemented by this outstanding moment of glory, which prompted him to call her "as good a trainer as there is, especially of a staying chaser". They've enjoyed every minute of the journey.

There were 19 finishers out of the 40 starters and the Aintree organisers reported that all the horses had come home safely.

One For Arthur was ridden to a 41/2-length victory by Derek Fox, who had only been passed fit to ride on Monday after breaking a wrist and a collarbone in a fall nearly exactly a month ago.

They say you should never go back but there's more than just sentimental reasons for giving Saint Are, runner-up when we picked him in 2015, a second chance.

"It was very touch and go and a massive relief to get the all-clear from the doctor".

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