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Aintree Rewind: One For Arthur lands Scotland victory in the 2017 Grand National

Lucinda Russell landed her biggest victory for the Scots at Aintree in the Grand National

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One For Arthur ridden by Derek Fox crosses the line to win the Randox Health Grand National on Grand National Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

As the start tape came down for the third time in the 2017 Grand National, Derek Fox sat on board One For Arthur with the Scottish flag prominent on his silks.

The then eight-year-old was held up towards the rear for most of the contest, but Lucinda Russell’s talent began to make steady progress in the later stages.

The Irish-bred gelding started to make headway through the pack at three out, making up ground on the leading group.

watch: scottish flags fly high as one for arthur lands the grand national in 2017 [credit: racing tv]

By the 30th and final fence, he jumped into the lead and was facing serious pressure from strong stayer Cause Of Causes as they approached the elbow.

However, One For Arthur was not to be denied. The gelding kept fighting on and produced a late level of stamina when asked by Fox, going on to win by four-and-a-half lengths.

One For Arthur wins the 2017 Grand National at Aintree
One For Arthur would go onto finish sixth on his next run in the National two years later

Russell’s talent would go on to run in one more renewal of the Grand National, finishing a respectable sixth in 2019. He would be retired in November 2020.

Did you know? Before the 2017 Grand National, Scottish trainers had only recorded one success in the contest when Rubstic landed the 1979 edition for John Leadbetter.

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