Ireland's Derek Fox rides One for Arthur to Grand National victory

Trained by Lucinda Russell - the partner of former eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore - One for Arthur became only the second Scottish victor of the race.

One For Arthur took the lead in the 4 1/2-mile (6,400-meter) race for the first time over the 30th and last fence, before holding off Cause of Causes in the long run to the post.

But little more than three years after they purchased the eight-year-old for £60,000 at Cheltenham, the two dyed-in-the-wool jumping enthusiasts enjoyed the thrill of their racing lives as the Betfred Classic Chase victor picked off rival after rival and jumped to the front at the last.

The eight-year-gelding - who was featured in H&H's Grand National preview (6 April) - was given a confident ride by Derek Fox to beat recent Cheltenham Festival victor Cause Of Causes into second.

One For Arthur's trainer Lucinda Russell added: "That was wonderful, I'm tearful but it is unbelievable".

"I always say that it's fine, I am the figurehead and I am saying what is going on, but actually it is everyone back home who have done so much, from the farrier to our vet".

Vieux Lion Rouge comes to the race on the back of two impressive wins including victory over the Aintree fences - but over a shorter trip than the four miles plus of Saturday's race - after an honourable seventh in last year's edition.

"When Derek got injured we lost a big part of our yard because we're all a team, we really missed him".

"After we'd gone one circuit, I was thinking, 'I can't be going as well as I am, '" Fox said. Why did I be the champion jockey and then come back and expose myself as a trainer?'. I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here.

"I hadn't sat on a horse for three weeks so for Lucinda and "Scu" [Peter Scudamore] to put me on and keep the faith in me".

"We just wanted a horse to have some fun", a giddy Thomson told The Associated Press, with a glass of champagne in her hand. Derek is great at getting these horses to finish strongly and I knew that he would stay, so maybe it was a bit bold but it was right.

"It's tricky to win a National if that happens as you need more things to go your way but he jumped so well".

McClung added: "I thought this morning, it's baking hot so there's no pressure now, he's not going to win on that ground but I have to say he's just shown his class today".

"There's only two weekends maximum in a year he's not playing golf", said Thompson, resignedly, of her partner Colin.

Deborah Thomson: "I just can't believe it".

"The husbands are here today".