Grand National 2019 Fact Files
One For Arthur
One For Arthur (IRE) 10-10-10
Breeding: 10 b g Milan – Nonnetia (Trempolino)
Breeder: J P Dwan
Born: February 24, 2009
Owner: Two Golf Widows
Trainer: Lucinda Russell
Form: 22 / 33111P / 1335243 / 1511 / UU
One For Arthur is firmly on course to bid for a second victory in the Randox Health Grand National after delighting connections in a schooling session at Carlisle on March 24.
Lucinda Russell’s charge became only the second Scottish-trained winner of the world’s most famous steeplechase – and the first since Rubstic in 1979 – when claiming National glory in 2017.
He was unable to defend his crown 12 months ago, missing the entire season through injury, and he has unseated his rider on each of his two starts since returning from that lengthy absence.
However, Russell feels the 10-year-old is coming to the boil at just the right time judged on the way he jumped after racing at the Cumbrian venue on Sunday.
“We were really delighted with him. Obviously this season hasn’t gone smoothly, and we went to Carlisle for a confidence booster – probably more for us than Arthur, to be honest,” said the Kinross-based trainer.
“He jumped fantastically well, and Derek (Fox) was delighted – we were all bubbling afterwards.
“It’s great to get him back on track. It’s taken us until two weeks before Aintree, but we’ve got there in the end.
“He has another bit of work to do on Wednesday, and then it will just be a case of freshening him up.
“Only 12 more sleeps!”
Race record: Starts: 21; Wins: 7; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 5; Win & Place Prize Money: £638,938
Two Golf Widows
The Two Golf Widows are Belinda (Bel) McClung (husband Fraser) and Deborah (Debs) Thomson (partner Colin Dempster). McClung hails from Ancrum near Jedburgh, while Gullane-based Thomson is originally from near Kelso. The pair went to school together and then met up again later in life. They got into racehorse ownership together as they wanted an activity they could enjoy when their husband/partner played golf. As the Two Golf Widows, they have won seven races in the last five years, all provided by their 2017 Randox Health Grand National hero One For Arthur. They purchased another horse as the Two Golf Widows - Templenaboe - but he has not turned out to be as talented as One For Arthur and at the end of last year moved from Lucinda Russell's yard to that of Diana Walton to go point-to-pointing. Thomson also has other horses with Russell, including six-time winner and recent Cheltenham Festival fourth Big River, who runs in the name of Two Black Labs, named after her Labradors, Bolly and Krug. McClung, who also used to have horses as Belinda Wares including No Deal, has been a steward at Ayr, Kelso and Musselburgh Racecourses.
Randox Health Grand National record: 2017 ONE FOR ARTHUR (WON).
Lucinda Russell (Kinross, Tayside)
June 24, 1966 Background:
Lucinda Russell gained a degree in psychology at St Andrews University, having enrolled on the course in order "to get me away from horses." She had enjoyed a successful career as an eventer and at bringing on horses to Badminton standards and selling them on. She did well as a point-to-point trainer and won on one of her three rides in that sphere, but she recalls that it was a two-horse race. She trained a hunter chase winner with Gunmetal Boy at Kelso on April 5, 1993. After a brief career in marketing, she took out a full trainer's licence in August, 1995, and the following month she saddled her first winner with her first runner, Fiveleigh Builds at Perth in September, 1995. Her father Peter is chairman of Ian Macleod Distillers which produces Isle of Skye Scotch Whisky and Glengoyne Single Malt Whisky. Russell was formerly married to leading three-day eventer Magnus Nicholson and she is assisted by her current partner, legendary Jump jockey Peter Scudamore, the eight-time champion Jump jockey who came closest to winning the Grand National when third on Corbiere in 1985 from 12 rides in the race. Russell's best season to date came in 2013/2014 with 66 successes. Brindisi Breeze provided the stable with a Cheltenham Festival success in the 2012 G1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
Randox Health National Record - 4: 1996 Greenhill Raffles (14th), 2005 Strong Resolve (17th), 2011 Silver By Nature (12th); 2017 ONE FOR ARTHUR (WON).