All eyes on Aintree for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 7:59
Her elder brother, Ruby, who is on Pleasant Company, has won the Grand National twice, and Katie triumphed in the Irish Grand National Chase at Fairyhouse on novice Thunder And Roses in 2015.
Over the years so many tales of joy, sadness, heroism and controversy have unfolded but today it still remains one of the greatest steeplechases in the world which has racegoers and the general public captivated.
"When his owners first wanted a horse I asked them if they'd rather win the Gold Cup or National".
'Arthur cruised the race, Derek rode it so well.
"There is only one Grand National and to get the opportunity to ride in the race again is brilliant - everyone wants to ride in it. I have just won the National!" I really don't know what to say'.
Meanwhile, Russell's long-term partner is Peter Scudamore - the eight-time champion jockey who never won the National in 12 attempts.
L'Escargot is a more recent victor and the only horse to achieve the double crown of winning the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year. Therefore, it is crucial that trainer and owner are both in agreement that it is in the best interests of the horse to compete, despite the prestige of the occasion.
One For Arthur is just the second Scottish victor of the Grand National, taking up the mantle from Rubistic in 1979.
Russell, ably assisted by former champion jockey Peter Scudamore at her Kinross base, finally laid the ghost to rest after a long wait since Rubstic's win in 1979.
"We've got to go almost four and a half miles to go and the rest is in the lap of the gods".
"There were times early on I didn't think I'd make it, but there was never any danger of me not getting back on the horse if I was fit enough".
The owners Deborah Thomson and Belinda McClung - who chose to indulge in a sporting passion of their own as their husbands spent all their time on the golf course - could not believe their good fortune.
Speaking of the double acquisition, Cheveley Park Stud's managing director, Chris Richardson, said: "Mr and Mrs Thompson had great success with Party Politics - he arrived just days before so hopefully that same fortune will follow this time". "He's the gamest horse I've ever ridden and he galloped all the way to the line".
"He's fantastic", she said. He's an incredible little horse.
In a race watched by around 600 million people and attended by 70,000 punters at the Merseyside course, One For Arthur hit the front at the last of the 30 fences and pulled four-and-half-lengths clear. Cue Belinda, who interjected: "Let's be honest - we were at Kelso races and had drunk a lot of gin when the idea came up". I hadn't had many rides back.
One well known United Kingdom bookmaker report they have taken £3000 win on Measureofmydreams at 40/1, which would return £120,000 - a live changing amount of money for some.
"Le Mercurey has got youth on his side and has some very good form in the book".