Scottish celebrations as One for Arthur wins Grand National

Scottish celebrations as One for Arthur wins Grand National

The 25-year-old only returned to racing on Wednesday but he was pitch flawless in his handling of One For Arthur.

One For Arthur, ridden by Derek Fox and trained by Lucinda Russell, became only the second Scottish trained victor of the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

"You have to have a partnership name, you can call yourself anything really, but we just decided for a bit of a laugh to call ourselves "Two Golf Widows".

Blaklion appeared to have stolen a march on his rivals after going clear four fences from the finish, but Fox did not panic and produced One For Arthur to lead before the last before going on to score comfortably by four and a half lengths.

Trainer Lucinda Russell, based in Fife and the partner of former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, was certain of victory long before many others as she watched from the stands.

Rubstic in 1979 was previously the sole victor to hail from north of the border. He won at odds of 14-1 on a sun-kissed day in northern England.

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"I'm getting all of this publicity just now but in truth it's not really about me, it's about everyone behind you". "The training of Arthur has gone very well and I just felt that he had the opportunity of winning and we are very lucky that he went and won".

She said: "It's a good thing he's got that big white face as I could still see him at the back (of the field)".

McClung and Thomson are old friends from Scotland who grew apart after leaving school but become close again in recent years.

"It was as good a feeling as I think any jockey could get to be passing the amount of horses I was passing in the last mile", Fox told Racing UK on Monday as he arrived at Kelso to take up three rides.

"There will be injuries and, occasionally, unfortunately there are fatalities, but the care and attention bestowed on these horses is absolutely second to none and in Britain we do it better than anywhere else".

Punters who put money on Kinross-trained One For Arthur saw their patriotism pay off when the eight-year-old stormed to victory at Aintree.

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Bookmakers across the United Kingdom are counting the cost of Saturday's Grand National after a 14-1 shot claimed victory.

"He's done us proud and he's done Scotland proud, and he's done everyone at the yard proud".

"It's unbelievable! He's won it so easily", said Fox.

"We won't know exactly how much we will be paying out until everyone has brought their slips in and we have paid out their money, but it looks like we have just about broken even - although we have lost significantly in Scotland. We always thought barring an accident he would be a National victor and it has come true". "He's the gamest horse I've ever ridden and he galloped all the way to the line".

Over the final few fences, the horse had battled with Cause Of Causes - the 16-1 prospect finished second.

At the front of affairs, however, all eyes were fixed on Blaklion, who had been supported by a late surge of money and was sent off the 8-1 favourite.

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