A well-deserved winner of the 2017 Grand National, it must have been devasting for connections of One For Arthur when he was sidelined with an injury and couldn’t contend the race in 2018. That said, if he had could he have pipped Tiger Roll to the post? Would be looking at a potential treble for the Irish racing star if One For Arthur had been in top form two years ago? Well, we will simply never know.
Instead, last year Lucinda Russell worked her magic and brought One For Arthur back to full fitness and ready for another Grand National. And it wasn’t too shabby a performance with the then 10-year-old ably making his way around the Aintree fences. Jockeyed once again by Derek Fox, he finished in 6th place. Still proving his chasing prowess, he was then fifth in the Becher Chase.
With another entry for the 2020 Grand National and a very favourable weight of 10-02 from the BHA Handicapper, things were starting to look good for another solid run. Then he went Haydock on February 15th and that threw all plans in the air. It has been nearly five years since One For Arthur was last pulled-up but Fox had no choice at the weekend. He had a fibrillating heart which, while not uncommon in the sport, is enough to give connections pause for concern. It’s not a long-term condition and horses do recover very quickly.
Russell reported: reported: “He’s fine and his heart is back to its normal rhythm, which is great. We’re still going to get the vets to check him, but I’m just so relieved.”
One For Arthur Grand National
Of course, any issues with a chaser of his caliber would cause a re-think. Despite his very quick recovery, his owners are in no rush to make a decision about the Grand National.
Lucinda Russell said “I’ve spoken to the girls and, although Arthur’s heart seems back to normal, we’ll of course still get it checked thoroughly and scanned and so on.
“The girls are very aware of the responsibilities that owners of Grand National winners have and I think we’re going to have a sit down later in the week when we have all the information. We need to make a responsible decision.
“Whatever happens, he was due an easy week anyway. In the meantime he’s happily rolling in the mud and eating carrots, unaware of the sleepless night he’s given us all.”
— lucinda russell (@lucindavrussell) February 13, 2020
So what next for One For Arthur? The 25/1 shot is currently having a restful week while a decision on his chasing career is still pending.
Peter Scudamore said” “I suggest what’ll happen is, we’ll make a decision and if he’s right, he’ll have to go and have a racecourse gallop somewhere and make sure that he’s right.
“Then he can run [in the National in April]. If he’s still wrong at the end of the week, that’s probably the end of his career.
“But let’s see what happens when we take the emotion out of it.”
Fingers crossed he makes a full recovery and is back happy and chasing in no time!