One For Arthur wins Grand National for the 'Two Golf Widows'

Lucinda Russell, the trainer of One For Arthur, should also continue her good form in the card's hunter chase, where Hey Listen (4.40), a lightly-raced point-to-point victor, is now 4-1.

Jockey Derek Fox, who staged a remarkable comeback after breaking his wrist and dislocating a collar bone in a fall four weeks ago, paid tribute to his mount.

United Kingdom bookmakers were hoping for a strong Grand National, to follow up on a highly successful Cheltenham Festival this March, deemed to be "the best Cheltenham ever" by numerous industry stakeholders.

William Hill trading director Terry Pattinson said: "Early signs are that we won in England but got stuffed in Scotland".

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

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Owners Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson made a decision to call their syndicate "Two Golf Widows" after they bought the horse while their partners were out playing golf.

"Straight after the race I kept thinking, "This is incredible, I've just won the Grand National" and it doesn't really sink in".

Russell and her partner Peter Scudamore, the eight-times champion jockey who never won the National during his illustrious riding career, partied long into the night back at their Kinross base.

Thomson said: "I just can't believe it".

Blaklion, the $9 favourite, was fourth, a further half-length in arrears for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and jockey Noel Fehily. For a brief moment, I took a small pull on him.

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"The day has really been about the sheer volume of business and interest, obviously driven by the fact it is trained locally in Milnathort by Lucinda Russell and given that Derek Fox rode with the Saltire on his silks".

"I'm delighted for Scotland, the two girls love racing, and they put their money back into Scotland".

Responding to everything asked of him by Derek Fox, the Lucinda Russell-trained runner galloped on resolutely to keep Cause Of Causes at bay and clinch the world's greatest steeplechase, emulating Rubstic in 1979.

He's only 24. He didn't get flustered - he's got a great attitude.

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