dglobalnews.com Grand National result: One For Arthur wins on glorious day at Aintree
Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Grand National result: One For Arthur wins on glorious day at Aintree

Grand National result: One For Arthur wins on glorious day at Aintree

Just days after returning from nearly a month on the sidelines with injury, the 24-year-old rider produced Lucinda Russell's charge with a brilliantly-timed challenge to become the first Scottish-trained victor of the Aintree spectacular in 38 years.

One For Arthur made significant progress with two left to jump before landing level with leader Blaklion at the second to last fence.

The eight-year-old, who dramatically pushed ahead in the final furlongs to beat favourite Blaklion in Saturday's race at Aintree, returned to his stables in Milnathort yesterday.

"I think the first time Derek rode him this year at Kelso he came back and said, "I've never ridden a horse like that", and it's just great for him now to win the Grand National".

"It was an awesome day and a unbelievable experience for me as an amateur".

"We were at Kelso races and we'd had a lot of gin", McClung recalled about the day 3 1/2 years ago, when they chose to buy a horse.

"I just can't believe we've won the Grand National - it's fantastic".

"I just can't believe we've won the Grand National - it's fantastic". He is up 3lb today but two of the horses behind him last time were winners on their next start and Nathan Evans gets a useful 3lb allowance. "We have five great courses in Scotland".

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Fox, who like last year's victor David Mullins was having his first ride in the race, nearly missed this glorious moment. We won't know exactly how much we will be paying out until everyone has brought theirs slips in and we have paid out their money, but it looks like we have just about broken even - although we have lost significantly in Scotland.

But the young rider had been sidelined by injury since suffering a fall at Carlisle on March 9, before successfully winning his race against time to be fit for Aintree. We kept thinking barring accidents he will win the National, and he just has. For a brief moment, I took a small pull on him.

I'm going to try and calm myself down.

"This is the best feeling I have ever had or probably ever will have and I want to take most of it in".

She said: "It's a good thing he's got that big white face as I could still see him at the back (of the field)".

'Arthur cruised the race, Derek rode it so well.

His father, Michael, rode the 1959 victor and son, Tom has a great chance aboard one of the favourites, the David Pipe trained Vieux Lion Rouge.

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