Talking Horses: Lucinda Russell can follow up Grand National win

One For Arthur, ridden by Derek Fox, has triumphed in the 2017 Grand National at Aintree.

One For Arthur, trained by Lucinda Russell, sprinted down the home stretch to take the title by four-and-a-half lengths.

Lucinda Russell joined a distinguished group of female trainers by winning the 170th running of the Grand National with One For Arthur at Aintree on Saturday.

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

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

The l;ast victor from north of the border was Rubstic back in 1979.

The 14-1 shot saw off the other 39 runners and riders having been one of the dark-horses for the race having finished strongly in the Becher Chase in December before winning comfortably at Warwick.

"This is a fairytale but for excellent medical care I wouldn't have made it", said Fox.

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"It's unbelievable. I can't believe it".

"It has been a long time since we have celebrated a Scottish victor and although it has cost us a fortune, we couldn't be more happy for Lucinda Russell".

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

To add to the female influence on the world's toughest and most famous steeplechase, the eight-year- old chaser is owned by the "Two Golf Widows", Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson, who first met at pony club.

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

We will see what happens but I would say that the cross-country race at Cheltenham will be his long-term target and then we will take it from there. Arthur just cruised that race, Derek rode so well and I'm just a bit lost for words really.

"We just wanted a horse to have some fun", a giddy Thomson told The Associated Press, with a glass of champagne in her hand. He jumped fantastic and Derek gave him a great ride.

A 9th placed finish for Pleasant Company and Ruby Walsh meant that he couldn't claim another win on his 13th attempt at the National, but he did produce a moment that left the analysts singing his praises after the race. We didn't realise we had just bought such an incredible horse, but he has given us such a wonderful journey.

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