One For Arthur thwarted The Leader’s Sportstalk each-way tips Cause of Causes and Blaklion to win the Aintree Grand National – to bag the first prize of £561,300 in Liverpool.
Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Blaklion (9-1) looked likely to land the showpiece race, when leading, with two fences to jump, in front of 70,000 spectators.
One For Arthur (14-1) ridden by Derek Fox, went ahead at the final fence, to lead in the 40 runners field, ahead of Cause of Causes (16-1) and Saint Are (25-1), who finished third, Blaklion, fourth, and Gas Line Boy, who finished fifth, at 50-1.
“To win is unbelievable – I cannot believe it. I was very lucky, he galloped all the way to the line,” said Fox.
“I was happy during the race and felt that I was in contention. One For Arthur was jumping so well, said Fox.
Jubilant winning trainer, Kinross, Scotland based Lucinda Russell said: “I’m absolutely delighted. We have a fantastic team behind us. He is amazing.
“It is brilliant for Scotland – but moreso for the team in the yard. It has been a fantastic race, incredible.”
Cause of Causes, trained by Gordon Elliott – The Leader winning tip at the Cheltenham Festival in March – picked up £211,000 for finishing second.
The Leader, who also tipped Yanworth (9-4) at Aintree, hit the bookies with Lingfield winners Burrenview Lady (11-4) and Horroob (4-11).
Revolution Boy (100-30) was also The Leader Sportstalk winning selection at Chepstow.
Glorious Artist was The Leader’s Sportstalk FIFTH winning selection – when landing the 32Red.com Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Ridden by Luke Morris, 6-1 shot Glorious Artist, trained by Charlie Hills, was held up in touch, making headway over 2f out, and ran on well to win the 7 furlongs race, ahead of 6-4 favourite Toy Theatre.
Sportstalk tip Historic Event was unlucky in the 6.50 32Red Casino Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over 5 furlongs at Wolverhampton – when beaten a neck – by Qatari Riyals in a photo-finish.
Sportstalk tip Midtech Star was also beaten in a photo-finish, when going down by a head, behind winner Every Chance in the 7.50 at Wolverhampton.
Sportstalk’s Andrew Atkinson – who tipped 20-1 Bravery in The Lincoln at Doncaster last weekend – will bring The Leader’s readers the best in-depth news and tips during the 2017 Flat Racing season. The Leader Sportstalk – No 1 for Racing!