Grand National 2017: Arthur could be the One for Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore

Telegraph Sport
The Grand National 2017 - AFP

Former champion jockey Peter Scudamore never managed to emulate his father by winning the Randox Health Grand National as a jockey - but he will take just as much pride out of a victory for One For Arthur this year.

Scudamore is assistant trainer to his partner, Kinross-based Lucinda Russell, and his input is regarded as invaluable by the licence holder, who specifically points to his nurturing of jockey Derek Fox as as case in point.

One For Arthur shot towards the head of the betting after winning Warwick's Classic Chase, having earlier gone close over the National fences in the Becher Chase.

He is owned by The Golf Widows, namely Deborah Thomson and Belinda McClung.

"Debs and Belinda actually went to school together and then met up again later in life," said Russell.

"As their husbands both play a lot of golf they wanted something they could enjoy together, too, and thought this was a good way.

"They've both had horses for years on and off, but by getting one together they've found it very enjoyable.

"They are great owners and it helps that they are both very understanding.

"Belinda is a steward and knows horses inside out, while Debs is from a farming background so a lot of the nitty gritty doesn't need explaining to them."

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