Arthur ends Scotland's 38-year Grand National wait

One For Arthur is owned by the Two Golf Widows, Deborah Thomson and Belinda McClung, and they were left in disbelief after watching their horse triumph by four and a half lengths.

Ladbrokes has joined forces with Carol Vorderman to help punters pick out a victor from the 40 horses lining up for this year's Grand National. The other was Rubstic in 1979.

"We just wanted a horse to have some fun", a giddy Thomson told The Associated Press, with a glass of champagne in her hand.

"It's tricky to win a National if that happens as you need more things to go your way but he jumped so well. I can't quite believe it". The Luncinda Russell trained 8yo then skipped over the last and fought off the challenge of Cause Of Causes to charge to the line and become only the second Scottish-trained victor of all time.

Since then, I've recoiled as friends have got together to watch the race or got dressed up to attend race courses across the UK.

With new sponsors Randox Health installed, the race is again due to start at 17:15 BST on Saturday, this having been put back an hour by organisers previous year in in an effort to further increase the audience.

Gordon Elliott first came to fame by winning the National with Silver Birch 10 years ago and he has two very contenders in Cause Of Causes and Ucello Conti.

Jockeys, still in their silks, had to leave their belongings behind due to the quick exit and many relied on the generosity of Liverpool residents who provided food and shelter for those stranded. The 24-year-old suffered from his broken wrist and collarbone just a month before the contest.

Speaking to ITV Racing following the win, she said: "I am so delighted, what a day".

Fox said: "It's unbelievable".

Indeed, One For Arthur was so far back for so long that Scudamore was watching his son, Tom, on Vieux Lion Rouge, as the field came to Becher's Brook for the second time. "I don't often get a chance to ride a horse as good as that".

However, three Grand National runners - also Definitly Red and Highland Lodge - boded well, and One For Arthur, who's done a majority of his racing at places like Kelso, Carlisle and Ayr, has been invaluable to show it can be done perfectly well north of the Trent as well; will those biggest investors take notice? Walsh is the best jockey among his generation and with National wins in 2000 and 2005, is on course for a remarkable hat-trick.

I thought he was in front in plenty of time.

Cause of Causes, under amateur Jamie Codd, managed to hold off the fast charging Saint Are, runner-up in 2015, whilst the favourite Blaklion was fourth giving the oldest jockey in the race, 41-year-old Noel Fehily, his first finish in the top four in 15 rides.

Russell said she was proud to join Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and Sue Smith as women to have trained a National victor. He's obviously an improving horse.

  • Julie Sanders


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