One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1

One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1

One For Arthur gave Scotland only their second win in the Grand National on Saturday under a brilliant first ride by Derek Fox in the world's most famous steeplechase.

Formidable character whose then husband jockey Richard had been denied victory in the Grand National when Red Rum had passed long-time leader Crisp in the 1973 "renewal".

The horse was bought for £60,000 three years ago by Belinda McClung from Ancrum, and Deborah Thomson, from Kelso, who now resides in East Lothian.

Belinda McClung and Debs Thompson decided rather than sit at home while their respective other halves played golf they would indulge in their own sporting passion.

Russell, whose partner and riding great Peter Scudamore never won the race, was overcome with emotion.

A spokesman for William Hill admitted bookies had been "stuffed" north of the border as lucky punters cashed in. He won at odds of 14-1 on a sun-kissed day in northern England.

"We are still running through the numbers but Glaswegian grand national punters have won hundreds of thousands for sure", he added.

"I was very anxious I wouldn't be back in time", Fox said.

"I've had a great partnership with the horse all year".

The eight-year-old Aintree victor will be doing a parade at the track ahead of its first race at 2.10pm today (Monday, April 10). None of those victories compare to the $1.25 million Grand National.

You can watch the race again below, Derek!

For winning jockey Fox, the win was all the more remarkable given he was injured on the 9 March and has battled from a broken wrist and collarbone to be able to ride.

"Rather embarrassingly it was about four fences out as we crossed the Melling Road", she said.

He is sweet on his chances - his previous runner was 13th - and is a dream ride for Danny Cook, who Ellison says his orders to him will be "to stay calm". He jumped all the way down the back. I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has! "He's the gamest horse I've ever ridden and he galloped all the way to the line".

The Lucinda Russell-trained, Derek Fox-mounted horse overtook the heavily-backed 8/1 favourite Blaklion in a dramatic finish that left Cause of Causes (16/1) second and Davy Russell's Saint Are (25/1) in third. It's unbelievable. It's a better feeling than I thought it would be. For a horse like that and a jockey like that what could be better? He acts as an assistant to Russell, who had a successful career in showjumping and has been a trainer since 1995.

Lucinda Russell, who joined Jenny Pitman, Sue Smith and Venetia Williams as women who have trained a Grand National victor, said: 'We have learned that Arthur runs best when he is raced sparingly.

All 40 horses came home safely.

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