Sligo man Derek Fox is the man of the moment as he emerged victorious on the back of One For Arthur in his first ever Grand National, having broken his wrist and collar-bone at the beginning of March. He never missed a fence, within reason.

"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".

A horse trained in Kinross has won the Grand National.

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

If it seems miraculous, then those working the miracle are all employed at the Injured Jockeys' Fund's northern rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House. With their partners spending most weekends on the golf course, they chose to get into the horse-racing business. "The dream for most racehorse owners would be to win the Grand National and we are lucky we found a horse to do it".

"It's brilliant for Scotland but really it's for the whole team at the yard".

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

The victor is owned by childhood friends Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson - who chose the name "Two Golf Widows" for their ownership partnership in a dig at their husbands when they teamed up to buy him.

Paddy Power bookmakers' spokesman Paul Binfield said: "One For Arthur was well backed as punters sizzled in the sun and as we paid six places popular Vieux Lion Rouge filling that berth meant it was a pretty evenly split result in the National". "I am delighted for the team and, without him [Peter], I couldn't do it".

"It was an fantastic day and a unbelievable experience for me as an amateur. They've worked so hard for this and to have are horse like him is just out of this world". Arthur just cruised that race, Derek rode so well and I'm just a bit lost for words really.

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".

Belinda explained the name, saying: "When we bought Arthur three years ago, both our partners were playing a lot of golf". I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here.


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