The early evening sun, with the race, for the first time going off 5.15 didn’t affect either fans or horses with the late start, as the race went off without any problem.
The 170th Grand National was a fitting conclusion for a triptych of women. One for Arthur, was a success for trainer – Lucinda Russell – becoming only the 4th woman in the race history to succeed, alongside Jenny Pitman and Venetia Williams.
The 14-1 shot , being ridden by jockey Derek Fox, who had only just returned to the saddle following a break to wrist and collarbone in a fall in March, came home ahead of Cause of Causes, Saint Are and pre-race favourite Blaklion.
As One For Arthur, apparently named after Irish drink maker Arthur Guinness, came past the post, two ladies were smiling like they had won the lottery.
Belinda McClung and Deborah Thomson, who were bored of husbands being away playing golf, decided to get a hobby of their own – a horse.
A £60,000 investment has landed them the £1 million prize and as they said afterwards, it was down to gin. “We had a lot of gin and decided to get a horse together,” said Belinda. Whilst Deborah added “We always hoped he’d be a national horse in the making…Our dream was to get him here but to actually win, well I’m lost for words.”
40 horses started and finished the race which was broadcast for the first time on ITV.