Make-Up Of A Grand National Winner

Posted April 12, 2017

Sligo man Derek Fox is the man of the moment as he emerged victorious on the back of One For Arthur in his first ever Grand National, having broken his wrist and collar-bone at the beginning of March.

His 16-1 rival claimed second, with 25-1 shot Saint Are third and 8-1 favourite Blaklion, who led for much of the contest, fourth.

One for Arthur has become just the second Scottish trained victor of the Grand National.

"I'm going to take my goggles off and throw them into the crowd because it's the only thing I've ever wanted to do", the English jockey told The Times.

"I suppose facing into the second-last I thought we had a chance, but when the eventual victor loomed up on the run to the last I kind of felt he had plenty of horse left", he added.

"That was awesome, I'm tearful but it is incredible", Russell, whose partner and assistant at their Arlary House Stables in the Kinross countryside, is former champion jockey Peter Scudamore.

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It was the first Scottish-trained victor for 38 years and the fourth trained by a woman after Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and, most recently, Sue Smith. "I can't quite believe it".

"The only concern I had was that he'd be too slow and get too far back".

"He's awesome, he's just improved every time".

Owner JP McManus let him keep the ride in Saturday's Aintree spectacular and Codd did not let him down, enjoying a fantastic first ride in the race by finishing a clear second behind One For Arthur. Lucinda Russell, the trainer of One For Arthur, should also continue her good form in the card's hunter chase, where Hey Listen (4.40), a lightly-raced point-to-point victor, is now 4-1.

We will see what happens but I would say that the cross-country race at Cheltenham will be his long-term target and then we will take it from there.

"This is a fairytale but for excellent medical care I wouldn't have made it", said Fox. It's been an absolutely wonderful day. I have just won the National. Arthur just cruised that race. "We always thought barring an accident he would be a National victor and it has come true". He jumped fantastic and Derek gave him a great ride. We didn't realise we had just bought such an unbelievable horse, but he has given us such a wonderful journey.