Hero's welcome for Grand National victor One For Arthur

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One For Arthur was ridden to a 41/2-length victory by Derek Fox, who had only been passed fit to ride on Monday after breaking a wrist and a collarbone in a fall nearly exactly a month ago.

Cause of Causes, under amateur Jamie Codd, managed to hold off the fast charging Saint Are, runner-up in 2015, whilst the favourite Blaklion was fourth giving the oldest jockey in the race, 41-year-old Noel Fehily, his first finish in the top four in 15 rides.

Hundreds of well-wishers flocked to the stables of Grand National-winning trainer Lucinda Russell to congratulate her on her famous win and see the victorious horse, One For Arthur.

"I'm going to take my goggles off and throw them into the crowd because it's the only thing I've ever wanted to do", the English jockey told The Times.

The eight-year-old horse is trained by the partner of Peter Scudamore, a former eight-time champion jockey who never won the grueling race in 12 attempts in the saddle.

The 14-1 shot was only the second-ever Scottish-trained victor of the world's most famous steeplechase, after Rubstic in 1979.

All 40 horses returned home in one piece with 19 combinations completing the race.

Deborah, from Gullane, East Lothian said: "I just can't believe it".

The word "team" is heard nearly as much as "Arthur" (as everyone calls him), and Russell stresses how important that ethos is, saying: "I'm getting all this publicity and I've got a nice new jacket that says winning trainer on it".

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"I just can't believe we've won the Grand National - it's fantastic".

"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".

If it seems miraculous, then those working the miracle are all employed at the Injured Jockeys' Fund's northern rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House.

He's improved every time.

Owner JP McManus let him keep the ride in Saturday's Aintree spectacular and Codd did not let him down, enjoying a fantastic first ride in the race by finishing a clear second behind One For Arthur.

"It was an wonderful day and a unbelievable experience for me as an amateur". I kept thinking barring accidents, he would win the National and he has.

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

"He's given us a fantastic journey".

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