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Lucinda Russell became the fourth woman to trainer the victor of the Grand National on Saturday as 14-1 shot One For Arthur registered a four and a half-length success in the world's most famous chase.

Joint-favourite Blaklion was in a great rhythm and took the lead with three to jump at Aintree, but was unable to last the pace as jockey Derek Fox rode a flawless race to hit the front on One For Arthur.

The odds on the horse - ridden by Derek Fox and trained by Lucinda Russell - winning had been 14-1, making him a popular choice for punters.

Fox, who took over as stable jockey at Russell's yard following the retirement of Peter Buchanan, had been in the saddle for One For Arthur's other two wins this season, with the pair impressing in the Classic Chase at Warwick in January.

We did lose a shoe but the farrier got up early on a Saturday morning and put it back on.

Nineteen of the 40 horses finished the race, with Aintree officials reporting that all runners came back safely. "I am so proud of the horse", she said. He jumped fantastic and Derek gave him a great ride.

One For Arthur is owned by the Two Golf Widows, aka Deborah Thomson and Belinda McClung, a steward at Kelso.

"After we gone one circuit, I was thinking "I can't be going as well as I am" as we were so near the leaders".

Cause of Causes, ridden by J J Codd, ran on gamely but had no answer to One for Arthur's late burst, taking second albeit four and a half lengths back.

Having registered the biggest success of his career, Fox, speaking afterwards said: "It's unbelievable".

She said Derek had dressed as a cowboy riding a pony called Reggie in a St Patrick's Day parade when he was four years old. We didn't realise we had just bought such an fantastic horse, but he has given us such a wonderful journey.

"It's tricky to win a National if that happens as you need more things to go your way but he jumped so well".

Not everyone caught it, but those that did were quick to praise him for managing to keep himself in the race.

McClung added: "I thought this morning, it's baking hot so there's no pressure now, he's not going to win on that ground but I have to say he's just shown his class today". "He's the gamest horse I've ever ridden and he galloped all the way to the line". I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here. We didn't realise we had just bought such an unbelievable horse, but he has given us such a wonderful journey.

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