One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1


Scotland recorded its second-ever Grand National victor as One For Arthur took the 2017 showpiece in comfortable fashion.

Jockey Derek Fox was having his first ride in the marathon contest over 30 fences and four-and-a-quarter miles, and just his sixth since breaking his left wrist and right collarbone in a fall last month.

Before Saturday, the eight-year-old One For Arthur had won six races for its co-owners over the past three years. Check out our race report, reaction and free video replay.

Lucinda Russell, who trains near Kinross in Scotland, became only the fourth female trainer to win the world's most famous steeplechase.

Perhaps the most heartening news of all was Aintree's announcement afterwards that all 40 horses had returned safely to the "cool down" area shortly after the race.

"He seems to have matured an terrible lot this year and I certainly wouldn't be swapping him for anything at this stage", said 34-year-old Tom Scudamore.

"He's unbelievable and he got a great ride".

One For Arthur is owned by the Two Golf Widows partnership of Belinda McClung and Deborah Thompson of Scotland, their first runners in the race. "Some of us will never be a champion jockey but this is a day when the likes of me can strike against the big boys", added the 24-year-old from Sligo.

"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".

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

Russell wore a wide grin as she received widespread congratulations and declared: "He's done us proud and he's done Scotland proud".

Fox went on to give One For Arthur an impeccable ride, sending his mount to the front approaching the last and winning by four-and-a-half lengths.

"He seemed to have lots of pace when we had him and he was a good horse to jump".

"Our dream was to get him here but to actually win, well I'm lost for words". "I thought this morning: 'It's baking hot so there's no pressure now, he's not going to win on that ground, '" McClung said.

"Peter gets really wound up if things aren't quite right and we seem to have got it right today".

"I'm not quite sure just what I've achieved yet but all I can say is that it's an unbelievable feeling".

"We've just signed a sponsorship deal with Edinburgh Gin".

"The husbands are here today". "They weren't going to miss out!"



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