Scotland will only have one entry in the Aintree Grand National this Saturday.
Even though the horse was born in Ireland, the nation will be cheering on the Kinross trained chaser One For Arthur.
Lucinda Russell’s horse has a 33% win rate and is likely to go off on it’s 4 mile marathon as one of the favourites.
Russell believes her horse has a great chance at claiming Grand National glory on Saturday. Russell said: “He’s got a great chance on Saturday. He won his last outing at Warwick at three and a half miles and could’ve ran all day.”
The 14/1 shot has lost to national rivals before, notably bookies’ favourite Vieux Lion Rouge and last year’s runner up The Last Samuri.
One For Arthur was fifth in the Becher’s chase at Aintree in December, but the trainer says punters shouldn’t look too much into that outing:
“He made a bad mistake early in the Becher’s chase and that really hampered him. But he was a close fifth and he absolutely pinged round the fences.
“The experience will hold him in good nick and at this moment in time we are absolutely delighted with him and very optimistic of his chances.
“The Becher’s was a really close race so the handicapper had a tough job translating that into the weights for the Grand National.
“We believe we’ve came out of it better than the favourite, we’re going off at virtually the same weight.
“We’re personally delighted about the weights for the race itself.” Russell gleamed.
While the 4 mile, 30 fence slog is the ultimate test of a National Hunt horse, One for Arthur has a head start on some of his rivals.
The Becher’s chase is run round the Grand National fences. Trainer Russell believes this experience, along with a clean trip, should see her raider in with a chance. She said: “The main thing about Becher’s is the race is round the national fences.
“We’d have been delighted with the run anyway, barring the error, at any other course. To have such a strong showing over those fences is great. The experience will do him no harm. If he jumps as cleanly again without the mistake he will go very close.”
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