Terry Redhead’s Grand National tips: One For Arthur can claim glory
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One For Arthur can complete a terrific comeback for jockey Derek Fox by winning the world’s greatest steeplechase, Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree at 5.15pm.
Fox took over as stable jockey at trainer Lucinda Russell’s yard following the retirement of Peter Buchanan, and has ridden One For Arthur to two wins this season, the eight-year-old gelding most recently scoring in the Classic Chase at Warwick in January.
The 24-year-old Irish rider had been sidelined by a broken left wrist since suffering a fall at Carlisle on March 9. He was thrilled to be back in the saddle at Carlisle earlier this week.
One For Arthur is among the fancied runners in the 40-strong field, after a season in which he has shown improvement.
Former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, partner and assistant trainer to Russell, reckons that giving him time between his races has been the key.
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“He’s working better than I’ve ever seen him, working with a bit of class.”
Scudamore made 13 unsuccessful attempts in the race before retiring in 1993.
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His father, Michael, rode the 1959 winner and son, Tom has a great chance aboard one of the favourites, the David Pipe trained Vieux Lion Rouge.
He beat another of Saturday’s rivals Blaklion into second spot in the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February, following up his success in the Becher Chase over Aintree’s National fences in December.
Another Scottish trained runner, Highland Lodge, was beaten by a neck by Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher and goes under Henry Brooke for trainer Jimmy Moffatt.
The 11-year-old failed to get into last year’s race and has had just that one run, in the Becher, this season.
Master Irish trainer Willie Mullins and top jockey Ruby Walsh can never be discounted and have the Fairyhouse Bobbyjo Chase winner, Pleasant Company, who also won the Pat Taaffe Chase at Punchestown last April.
Fighting for favouritism with Vieux Lion Rouge is the Brian Ellison trained Definitely Red under Danny Cook. He beat Saturday’s top weight, The Last Samuri, second last year, when winning the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster.
Grand National - 1 One for Arthur, win, 14/1; 2 Pleasant Company, each way, 16/1; 3 Vieux Lion Rouge, each way, 12/1; 4 Highland Lodge, each way, 25/1.