One For Arthur

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One For Arthur
Owner Two Golf Widows.svg
Racing silks of Two Golf Widow
SireMilan
GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamNonnetia
DamsireTrempolino
SexGelding
Foaled24 February 2009[1]
CountryIreland
ColourBay
BreederJ P Dwan
OwnerDeborah Thomson
Belinda McClung
TrainerLucinda Russell
Record19:7-3-5
Earnings£638,938
Major wins
Classic Chase (2017)
Grand National (2017)

One For Arthur (foaled 24 February 2009) is an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competes in National Hunt racing. In 2017 he became the second horse trained in Scotland to win the Grand National.

Background[edit]

One For Arthur is a bay gelding with a white blaze bred in Ireland by J P Dwan. He was sold as a yearling for €14,000 and made €34,000 when returning to the sales ring as a three-year-old. In December 2014 he was again put up for auction at the Brightwells Cheltenham sale and was bought for £60,000 by the trainer Lucinda Russell.[2] He entered the ownership of Deborah Thomson and Belinda McClung who formed the Two Golf Widows partnership after their respective partners took to spending most of their weekends on the golf course.[3] He has been trained throughout his professional racing career at Arlary near Kinross in Scotland by Russell, assisted by her partner Peter Scudamore.

He was sired by Milan, who won the St Leger and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2001. Milan's other progeny include Jezki, and Darlan.[4] His dam Nonnetia, who won one race over hurdles in France,[5] was a granddaughter of Wavy Reef, the female-line ancestor of the Irish St. Leger winner Duncan.[6]

Racing career[edit]

2013/2014 National Hunt season[edit]

One For Arthur began his racing career on the amateur point-to-point circuit and was beaten in his first four races before winning at the Lingstown meeting in November 2013. When moved up to compete against professional competition following his move to Russell's yard in early 2014 he finished second in a National Hunt Flat race at Newcastle Racecourse in February and a Novice Hurdle at Kelso in March.

2014/2015 National Hunt season[edit]

As he had failed to win under professional rules One For Arthur was campaigned in novice hurdles in the 2014/2015 season. He finished third in his first two starts but then recorded his first win under rules at Haydock Park in January and followed up with a fifteen length win at Ayr Racecourse on 10 February.[7] He won again at Ayr in March but when stepped up in class for the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse in April he started a 40/1 outsider and was pulled up in a race won by Thistlecrack.

2015/2016 National Hunt season[edit]

In the 2015/2016 season One For Arthur was campaigned in novice steeplechases and made a successful debut over the larger obstacles when winning at Kelso in October.[8] He failed to win again in six subsequent races that season, but ran consistently, finishing second once and third on three occasions,

2016/2017 National Hunt season[edit]

On his first appearance of the 2016/2017 National Hunt season One For Arthur started 5/2 favourite for a handicap at Kelso in October and won by six lengths after taking the lead at the penultimate fence.[9] In December he was tried over the Grand National course at Aintree and finished fifth of the 22 runners behind Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher Chase. In the Classic Chase at Warwick Racecourse on 4 January One For Arthur was assigned a weight of 151 pounds and started at odds of 14/1 in a field of 20 chasers. He took the lead at the second last fence and drew away to win by six lengths from Goodtoknow.[10]

One For Arthur was assigned a weight of 10-11 (151 pounds) for the Grand National over four and a quarter miles at Aintree and started at odds of 14/1 in a forty-runner field. He was ridden by Derek Fox who had just returned from injury having sustained a broken wrist and a dislocated collarbone in a fall on 9 March. One For Arthur raced towards the rear of the field before beginning to make progress early on the second circuit. He moved into contention three fences out, at which point the favourite Blaklion had opened up a clear advantage. One For Arthur overtook the favourite approaching the final obstacle and stayed on up the run-in to win by four and a half lengths from Cause of Causes, with Saint Are taking third ahead of Blaklion.[11] He became the second horse trained in Scotland to win the race, following Rubstic's victory in 1979.[12] After the race Fox said "It's the best feeling I've ever had. He's just such a brave horse. It's a sign of a true racehorse to win the Grand National. It's unbelievable... I don't often get a chance to ride a horse as good as that".[13] Russell commented "I am so proud of the horse. He jumped fantastically and Derek gave him a great ride. He has done us proud, done Scotland proud and done everyone at the yard proud".[14]

One for Arthur ran again in the 2019 running of the race, finishing in sixth place for Derek Fox.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of One For Arthur (IRE), bay gelding, 2009[1]
Sire
Milan (IRE)
1998
Sadler's Wells (USA)
1981
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Special
Kithanga (IRE)
1990
Darshaan Shirley Heights
Delsy
Kalata Assert
Kalkeen
Dam
Nonnetia (FR)
2003
Trempolino (USA)
1984
Sharpen Up Atan
Rocchetta
Trephine Viceregal
Quiriquina
Wavy Kris (IRE)
1993
Persian Bold Bold Lad (IRE)
Relkarunner
Wavy Reef Kris
Triple Reef (Family 1-n)[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "One For Arthur pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  2. ^ "Brightwells Cheltenham Sale 2013". Racing Post.
  3. ^ Robert Mendick (7 April 2017). "Revealed: The 'Two Golf Widows' behind one of the Grand National's most fancied runners". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Milan Stud Record". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  5. ^ "Nonnetia - Race Record & Form". Racing Post.
  6. ^ a b "Chelandry - Family 1-n". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  7. ^ "BetVictor Svengali Stakes Novices' Handicap Hurdleresult". Racing Post. 10 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Clifford & Martin Firth Memorial Novices' Chase result". Racing Post. 24 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Full Result 3.10 Kelso - 22 October 2016 - Racing Post".
  10. ^ "Betfred Classic Handicap Chase result". Racing Post. 14 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Grand National result". Racing Post. 8 April 2017.
  12. ^ Marcus Armytage (8 April 2017). "One For Arthur becomes a Grand National treasure for Scotland". The Daily Telegraph.
  13. ^ "Grand National 2017: One For Arthur, ridden by Derek Fox, wins". BBC Sport. 8 April 2017.
  14. ^ Greg Wood (8 April 2017). "One For Arthur wins Grand National for trainer Lucinda Russell" – via The Guardian.