Talking Horses: Lucinda Russell can follow up Grand National win

Grand National winner 2016 Rule the World

GETTYRule the World won the 2016 Grand National when only 16 horses finished

"I think that the first time that Derek rode him this year at Kelso he came back and said, "I've never ridden a horse like that", and it's just great for him now to win the Grand National". He never missed a fence, within reason. Miss Russell is only the fourth woman to train a Grand National victor, while One For Arthur is owned by two women.

"What a fantastic day we had, it's just incredible", said Russell.

Lucinda Russell, who joined Jenny Pitman, Sue Smith and Venetia Williams as women who have trained a Grand National victor, said: 'We have learned that Arthur runs best when he is raced sparingly.

"I was lucky to get back in time - I want to thank Jack Berry House".

"What a day! We have a fantastic team behind us and I'm just so pleased", she said.

"I went very close to missing after that fall and I was very anxious I wouldn't be back in time".

Owned by friends Belinda McClung and Debs Thomson, who dub themselves "The Two Golf Widows", it is only the second time a Scottish horse has won the National.

"He's awesome. He's improved very time". 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!'

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

Trainer Lucinda Russell, and, co-owners Deborah Thomson/Belinda McClung, were totally in disbelief.

Punters who put money on Kinross-trained One For Arthur saw their patriotism pay off when the eight-year-old stormed to victory at Aintree.

"He came there with his chance at two out and I would just say he has been outstayed".

"It was an awesome day and a unbelievable experience for me as an amateur".

Factoring in winners of the race over the period, the average age of the horse has been 9.88 - so if you're going to bet on a horse, make sure it's ten years of age - this brings Perfect Candidate, Tenor Nivernais, O'Faolains Boy and Just A Par into play for the stats trend followers out there. Arthur just cruised that race, Derek rode so well and I'm just a bit lost for words really. Barry (Geraghty) said he gave him a great ride round there, but he just didn't get home. I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here.

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