Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Bookies count cost of Scottish Grand National win

After two false starts, the 40 horses finally set off on the 30-fence, four-and-a-half mile marathon and with just two obstacles to clear, Blaklion came to the front and looked the likely victor. "I can't quite believe it".

Fox hailed his win as "unbelievable", adding One For Arthur "jumped so well even though he was a long way back". He never missed a fence, within reason. "Without them I wouldn't have got back in time and I wouldn't have been as fit as I am".

"I got a heavy fall in the novice chase and that was four weeks ago on Thursday".

Russell's long-time partner and assistant trainer, Peter Scudamore, was champion jockey eight times but, famously, never managed to emulate his father, Michael, by winning the National.

"I just can't believe we've won the Grand National - it's fantastic".

"He's incredible. He's improved every time". Based on the research, it is the most likely horse to win the National, giving you a nice win at odds of 33-1 to re-invest in tomorrow night's Lotto draw, where with Lottoland, you can uniquely double the current jackpot from €7M to €14M!

"I suppose facing into the second-last I thought we had a chance, but when the eventual victor loomed up on the run to the last I kind of felt he had plenty of horse left", he added.

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"It's brilliant for Scotland". He has done us proud, he has done Scotland proud and he has done everyone at the yard proud.

"It's out of this world".

A spokesperson for the betting site, Paul Petrie, said: "It has been a long time since we have celebrated a Scottish victor and although it has cost us a fortune, we couldn't be more happy for Lucinda Russell".

"That was incredible, I'm tearful but it is unbelievable", said Russell. Barry (Geraghty) said he gave him a great ride round there, but he just didn't get home.

The American jockey succeeded on her fourth attempt to win one of the Triple Crown races, the 1993 running of the Belmont Stakes with Colonial Affair. It's great to get these horses that finish strongly and I knew he would stay. "We might look forward to going back there with him next year", said Berry.

Having become a trainer in 1975, she succeeded where Richard failed in winning the race with Corbiere in 1983.

The Grand National is the ultimate lottery in sport and over the past 50 years, only one horse (Red Rum) has won the Grand National a few times. "Without him I couldn't do it".

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