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One For Arthur’s Journey To Aintree

One For Arthur has had an intense and highly scrutinized come back since his return to horse racing earlier this season. 2017’s Grand National winner returned to racing after a 20-month absence in late December. His finest race in 2017, which saw him beat Cause of the Causes, was said to be his last due to a tendon injury. However, we now know the horse’s connections are targetting the Grand National in 2019. So far One For Arthur’s journey to Liverpool has been somewhat difficult, having unseated jockey Tom Scudamore twice this season.

His first race of the season lasted less than a minute, which was certainly not the comeback we were all expecting. More recently the horse once again had a disappointing race at the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase. This was the race that caused concern for trainer Lucinda Russell, due to the horses left handed jumping. This left the trainer calling for the need of health checks to ensure the horse is ok. Despite the not so promising start to the season connections to the horse have tried to stay positive and believe they still have a fighting chance ahead of Aintree.

The remaining journey to Grand National is somewhat undecided as the connections consider two possible targets. Those are the Kelso Race on Valentines Day or a return to Haydock for the Grand National trial. Is One For Arthur saving his best race until the big day? There’s no doubt the horse thrives off the attention and buzz from the Grand National but will this be enough for a second win?

One For Arthur’s Grand National Victory

Ahead of the Grand National, let’s look back at the race that had everyone talking and made One For Arthur a horse loved by many. This was a triumphant win for Scotland, making the first Scottish win in 38 years.  At odds of 14-1 One For Arthur stormed to victory in a race savoured by many. Ridden by jockey Derek Fox the horse managed to beat off competition from Cause of Causes and Saint Are. For much of the race it looked like Blaklion had it in the bag and at odds of 8-1 many thought, he would be the triumphant horse.

Many will remember the 2017 Grand National for its scorching heat and dramatic false starts. Two false starts lead to the runners being called back and 31 of the 40 jockeys having to be referred to the British Horse Racing Authority after three attempts to start the race. In a dramatic finish, a collision saw front runner overtaken by One For Arthur who showed greater speed against the Gordon Elliot trained Cause of Causes.

Much of the same drama and excitement will be expected from the Grand National meeting in 2019 also. Are you thinking of going?

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