04/08/2017 12:36PM

One For Arthur rallies for historic win in Grand National


One For Arthur closed from the back of a field of 40 to score a historic win in Saturday’s $1.25 million Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, north of Liverpool, England.

One For Arthur is the second Scottish-trained winner of the grueling race at 4 1/4 miles first run in 1839.

Trained by Lucinda Russell and ridden by Derek Fox, One For Arthur (14-1 with British bookmakers) closed steadily through the final six furlongs to take a prominent position with two of the 30 fences remaining. One For Arthur caught 8-1 favorite Blaklion between the second-to-last and final fence and held off a sustained threat from Cause of Causes after the last fence to win by 4 1/4 lengths.

Cause of Causes (16-1) was 3 3/4 lengths clear of Saint Are (25-1), who ran well in the final furlong to catch a fading Blaklion by a half-length.

There were 40 starters, with 19 finishers. The remaining runners fell, unseated their riders, or were pulled up during the two-circuit race.

One For Arthur, an 8-year-old gelding by Milan, has won 7 of 19 starts and three of his last four races. One For Arthur is owned by the Two Golf Widows partnership of Belinda McClung and Deborah Thompson of Scotland, their first runners in the race. One For Arthur was Fox’s first mount in the National. Russell, 50, had three previous starters, including Silver by Nature, who was 12th in 2011.

Fox, 24, broke his right collarbone and left wrist in a spill at Carlisle Racecourse on March 9 and only returned to riding on Wednesday.

One For Arthur is the first Scottish-trained winner since Rubstic in 1979.

Cause of Causes is a Kentucky-bred by Dynaformer with a connection to the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. Cause of Causes is out of Angel in My Heart, who was part of Frankel’s California stable in 1995 and 1996. She was second in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park in 1995.