One For Arthur wins the Grand National

Andrew Cummings
April 9, 2017

Responding to everything asked of him by Derek Fox, the Lucinda Russell-trained runner galloped on resolutely to keep Cause Of Causes at bay and clinch the world's greatest steeplechase, emulating Rubstic in 1979. The Grand National dates back to 1839 and while Bob Champion's comeback from cancer aboard Aldaniti in 1981 is unlikely to be surpassed for digging deep into human reserves, Fox has still scaled the heights of Grand National achievement having picked up his injury on March 9.

"It's unbelievable. I can't believe it". He jumped all the way down the back.

"I was lucky to get back in time [from injury] - I want to thank Jack Berry House [rehabilitation centre in Malton]. Without them I wouldn't have got back in time and I wouldn't have been as fit as I am".

Scudamore, champion eight times in his career, famously never won the National but will take almost as much pleasure out of this victory than many of his in the saddle. I said it's for Scotland, but it's really for the team and the yard.

Fox entered the GrandNational for the very first time as a rider.

In the great tradition of the famous race, the 170th edition of the Grand National at Aintree delivered a story with many strands.

"We had a lot of gin and made a decision to get a horse together".

"It's brilliant for Scotland".

"I never thought I would be in their exalted company", she said.

"It's out of this world".

Lucinda Russell became the fourth woman to train the victor of the Grand National at Aintree - and the third in nine editions - when her eight-year-old One For Arthur saluted in the 170th running of the event on Sunday morning (AEDT).

"We just wanted a horse to have some fun", a giddy Thomson told The Associated Press, with a glass of champagne in her hand.

Russell wore a wide grin as she received widespread congratulations and declared: "He's done us proud and he's done Scotland proud".

The victory partially makes up for years of failure in the race for Scudamore, who never finished better than third in 12 attempts at the National despite being his country's top jockey in the 1980s and early '90s. I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here. It was a bit bold to say that, but we were right.

His participation in the race was hanging by a thread just four days ago, and two years ago he was banned from driving for being almost three times over the legal alcohol limit. "He's given us a fantastic journey". 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. The horse looked well in the paddock.

"We'd always had ponies and loved horses in general".

"I was anxious about the ground".

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