The 14-1 shot One For Arthur, ridden by Derek Fox and trained by Lucinda Russell, powered away from the Grand National field to deliver just the second Scottish success in the famous race’s long history. He stayed on best of them all to give Scotland only its second ever winner in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.
Despite jumping into Blaklion at the second-last fence, the 14-1 shot was spring-heeled at the final obstacle of the extended four-and-a-quarter-mile test.
Responding to everything asked of him by Derek Fox, the Lucinda Russell-trained the gelding charged clear to finish ahead of Cause Of Causes (16-1) and Saint Are (25-1) to become only the second Scottish-trained winner of the race after Rubstic in 1979.
Jockey Fox only returned from an injury he picked up in March this week.
Gas Line Boy – the 50-1 outsider – was fifth with Becher Chase and Grand National Trial winner Vieux Lion Rouge (12-1) sixth.
Aintree reported that all 40 runners came back unharmed following the race.
“This is the best feeling I have ever had or probably ever will have and I want to take most of it in. I don’t often get a chance to ride a horse as good as that.”
Russell, whose partner and assistant is former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, is the fourth woman to train a Grand National winner after Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and Sue Smith.
“He’s amazing,” she said. “He’s improved every time. I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has.
“Together [Peter and I] we have had good and bad times but the horses are all back in form now.
“He’s done us proud, he’s done Scotland proud and he’s done everyone at the yard proud.”