The Scottish-trained victor One for Arthur was the unexpected victor - only the second win by a Scottish-trained horse, the last being in 1979. It's just incredible. I'm so proud of the horse.

"This is a fairy tale but for excellent medical care I wouldn't have made it", said Fox, 24.

She went on to win another Grand National with Royal Athlete in 1995.

"Aged nine, he went to riding school".

With their partners spending weekends on the golf course, friends Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson wanted to get their own sporting interest.

Little did the "Two Golf Widows", as they are now labeled, know that they were purchasing a future Grand National victor. "He's the gamest horse I've ever ridden and he galloped all the way to the line".

Their silks contain a Scottish flag and the purchase has paid off - with the owners earning about £500,000 in prize money from the £1m contest. I asked the doctor if I'd be able to ride in the National - he smiled at me and said 'well at least it's a race that you're unlikely to fall off in!'

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"We had a horse overheat at Kelso the other week and it's very distressing for them. There's probably two weekends when he's not".

She said: "We came off the track and Aintree were brilliant - they had you straight in the cooling area with lots of fans with water spraying out and buckets". "They weren't going to miss out".

Two false starts in warm sunshine led to 31 of the 40 jockeys, including Fox, being referred to the British Horseracing Authority for approaching the starting tape before the flag was raised.

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.

"His name is still on the Guinness cans and people say I'll have "One For Arthur" or one for the road".

"That was incredible, I'm tearful but it is fantastic", Russell, whose partner and assistant at their Arlary House Stables in the Kinross countryside, is former champion jockey Peter Scudamore.

Previously there was only ever been one victor from north of the Border in the race's 169-year history - John Leadbetter - from Hawick, Roxburghshire - trained and rode 25/1 shot Rubstic to glory. One brewed in Ireland and toasted in Scotland.

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