Who Is Darek Fox, The Grand National 2017 Winner (One For Arthur)?

Posted April 11, 2017

There's been an outpouring of support and congratulations for the Sligo-born jockey Derek Fox, who has ridden One For Arthur to victory at the Grand National at Aintree this evening.

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

"What a day! We have a fantastic team behind us and I'm just so pleased", she said. "I have just won the National!" I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has. He has been working with Scotland's leading trainer Lucinda Russell at Kinross yard for quite some time now. It's the best feeling I've ever had - I can't describe it. He rode One For Arthur on Saturday and won the prestigioushorse racing competition.

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

Previously there was only ever been one victor from north of the Border in the race's 169-year history - John Leadbetter - from Hawick, Roxburghshire - trained and rode 25/1 shot Rubstic to glory.

"It's brilliant for Scotland".

Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson bought One For Arthur in 2013 because they wanted an activity to enjoy while their partners were out playing golf.

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"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".

"I couldn't believe how fast the first circuit went in my head".

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.

McClung added: "I thought this morning, it's baking hot so there's no pressure now, he's not going to win on that ground but I have to say he's just shown his class today".

"We've just signed a sponsorship deal with Edinburgh Gin". I had a quiet moment with him before the race.

His first ride in the world's greatest steeplechase, he spent
three weeks in the Ryedale town building up his strength and declared, hours before the big race, that he'd never been fitter. They must be as delighted as I am that he's won.