Hero's welcome for Grand National victor One For Arthur

Lucy Hill
April 12, 2017

Sligo man Derek Fox is the man of the moment as he emerged victorious on the back of One For Arthur in his first ever Grand National, having broken his wrist and collar-bone at the beginning of March.

One for Arthur jumped so jolly well, apparently loving every minute of his four mile journey, shaking Cause of Causes 16-1 by 4.5 lengths, with Saint Are, third at 25-1.

Trained by Lucinda Russell - the partner of former eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore - One for Arthur became only the second Scottish victor of the race.

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

"We got a message about what he had done and that he had a good ride in the National and it looked unlikely".

Walker also stresses the importance of the Arlary team, saying "everybody here has had a part in it", and Russell's partner Peter Scudamore concurs, saying: "The team ethic in this yard is very strong".

The 14-1 shot was only the second-ever Scottish-trained victor of the world's most famous steeplechase, after Rubstic in 1979.

All 40 horses came home safely.

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But he'd rebound nicely, making five birdies on a day when the winds swirled and the greens began to dry out. But, his second shot did not go far enough, rolled off the green, and rolled right into the water hazard.


Ms Thomson said: "He's a superstar, dreams have come true for us really".

Deborah, from Gullane, East Lothian said: "I just can't believe it".

If it seems miraculous, then those working the miracle are all employed at the Injured Jockeys' Fund's northern rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House.

"Derek rode so well and I'm just a bit lost for words really".

"He's incredible. He's improved every time".

Owner JP McManus let him keep the ride in Saturday's Aintree spectacular and Codd did not let him down, enjoying a fantastic first ride in the race by finishing a clear second behind One For Arthur.

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

"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 been an absolutely incredible day. I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has! Not everyone can be champion jockey but this race just gives a standard jockey like me a chance to shine on the big stage. Barry (Geraghty) said he gave him a great ride round there, but he just didn't get home. "We've got some fantastic people here".

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