Talking Horses: Lucinda Russell can follow up Grand National win

Posted April 13, 2017

One For Arthur ridden by jockey Derek Fox jumps the last on the way to winning the the Grand National horse race on Grand National Day at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England, Saturday April 8, 2017.

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Saint Are (25/1) came third and 8/1 favourite Blaklion, who looked likely to secure victory as the race reached its climax, eventually crossed the line in fourth.

Trainer Lucinda Russell, from Milnathort, Kinross, whose partner is former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, said of her horse: "He's wonderful". "What an unbelievable day".

"There will be injuries and, occasionally, unfortunately there are fatalities, but the care and attention bestowed on these horses is absolutely second to none and in Britain we do it better than anywhere else". "I have just won the National!"

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"The person is not known to staff, so we just hope they remember they have won".

Looking back at the likes of Rag Trade in 1976, Mr Frisk in 1990 and most recently Don't Push It in 2010, horses winning the Grand National have worn the number six saddlecloth a total of seven times in the last 50 years - that's a winning percentage of 14%!

"The problem is we won't get the money back because with the Grand National most people only make that one bet a year".

Fox also reflected on his battle to get fit in time to take up his ride after breaking his wrist a month earlier in a fall.

Fox himself almost missed the ride, only returning to action after a broken wrist earlier in the week, and the mount on One For Arthur was just his fifth since his return. I really don't know what to say'.

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"He's done us proud and he's done Scotland proud, and he's done everyone at the yard proud".

"That knocked the stuffing out of us and I had to pull him up". Sometimes he gets criticised for being too far back but that's how he likes to ride them.

"He's working better than I've ever seen him, working with a bit of class". Arthur just cruised that race, Derek rode so well and I'm just a bit lost for words really.

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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