One For Arthur wins Grand National at 14-1

Posted April 13, 2017

One for Arthur has become just the second Scottish trained victor of the Grand National.

Previously there was only ever been one victor from north of the Border in the race's 169-year history - John Leadbetter - from Hawick, Roxburghshire - trained and rode 25/1 shot Rubstic to glory.

Codd is well established as one of the sport's leading amateurs and has struck up a fantastic relationship with the Gordon Elliott-trained Cause Of Causes, partnering him to victory at the Cheltenham Festival in each of the last three years.

Fox, who only returned to action from injury earlier in the week, said: "It's unbelievable".

McClung added: "I thought this morning, it's baking hot so there's no pressure now, he's not going to win on that ground but I have to say he's just shown his class today".

'It's been an absolutely awesome day, ' she told ITV after the race. We missed him when he was at Jack Berry House [recovering from a broken wrist].

"Rather embarrassingly it was about four fences out as we crossed the Melling Road", she said.

"I suppose facing into the second-last I thought we had a chance, but when the eventual victor loomed up on the run to the last I kind of felt he had plenty of horse left", he added.

Owned by friends Belinda McClung and Debs Thomson, who dub themselves "The Two Golf Widows", it is only the second time a Scottish horse has won the National.

William Hill predicted a staggering £225m would be wagered on the biggest horse race of the year, expecting "the highest turnover levels on any weekend in history".

"I was starting to get excited at that stage, but you have to try and keep a level head and stay cool, which isn't as easy as it sounds".

"Attendances in Scotland have been very, very good over the last 10 years and continue to go up". He travelled superbly for Noel Fehily, at 42 the oldest jockey in the race, but ultimately hit the front too soon, having led and gone clear a long way from home.

"You would hardly believe I've only watched it once and that was after the race", he said.

Met by wellwishers at the stables, his proud trainer, Lucinda Russell, said the victory was only just sinking in.

"He [One For Arthur] won't run again this season, I'm hoping Kelso will put an open handicap on in October then it will be the Becher and back to Warwick I'd imagine".

"They're the ones that look after all these horses and do all the hard work for all of us".