One For Arthur storms to victory in 2017 Grand National

"The only concern I had was that he might be a bit slow for the first mile and might end up too far back". After a pre-race pep talk from Scudamore, Fox kept One For Arthur at the back of the 40-horse field for much of a typically chaotic race that had just 19 finishers. He probably would have come in second if it wasn't for the fact that the lead horse, Davy Jones, veered off course on the second circuit when one of his reins broke. I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here. For a brief moment, I took a small pull on him. I couldn't resist it. Initially, it wasn't the fall itself that caused the bruising but it was a horse that came along behind me and he galloped all over me.

"He's a fantastic little horse".

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The leading amateur - who finished third in the 2012 National aboard Seabass - was taken to Aintree Hospital for two X-rays and a scan, which showed she had a badly bruised arm rather than a broken one.

"He just went through a flat patch". I have just won the National.

Buckingham, who became a jockey's valet, died last December, thus missing the anniversary of his part in the Grand National's most unlikely triumph.

Most people won't have heard of Reynoldstown, as he was a victor way back in the 1930s. He got into a lovely rhythm from the start.

Runners for this year's Grand National have been confirmed, as three days of racing get underway at Aintree. At the time, I really didn't think there was anything wrong with it.

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. There is a £1million total prize fund, and is ran over 4 miles 514 yards over the Grand National fences.

Even those who have absolutely no interest in horse-racing in general are lured into the beauty and romanticism of this event.

"The Aintree fences are not quite as perilous as they were once upon a time after a series of alterations".

"He jumped round and he jumped well, but I was flat out all the way". I thought he was in front in plenty of time. "He was always struggling with the pace but we got round".

"He's run well again and has given me a good spin".

As for tactics, I like to go down the middle so you have options of switching in and out, but that said you have to ride your horse the way it likes to be ridden and ideally you'd like a horse to be ridden up there.

"I got a great spin he just got exhausted". The last victor aged seven on under was in 1940 and Amberleigh House in 2004 was the last 12-year-old to triumph.

"The tack slipped round his belly and there was nothing else I could do from there".

There's no happy ending for those horses that are too old, too slow or just not fit enough to race anymore.

  • Salvatore Jensen