Aintree hero One For Arthur ruled out for the season
Lucinda Russell’s Grand National winner suffering from tendon problem in right fore
Derek Fox riding One For Arthur wins the 2017 Randox Heath Grand National at Aintree last April. Photograph: by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Randox Health Grand National winner One For Arthur has been ruled out for the season, trainer Lucinda Russell has said.
This year’s Aintree hero is suffering with a tendon problem in his right fore and will not attempt to repeat his famous Grand National success next April.
Russell said: “He’s out for the season. It’s not a big injury, but it’s enough for us to stop with him. It’s obviously a shame, but hopefully we can get him back to full fitness.”
Arthur Russell added the injury was discovered on Wednesday when One For Arthur had undergone a first piece of work since his summer holidays.
He was found to have disrupted fibres in his “right fore superficial flexor tendon”.
The eight-year-old gelding was one of the most evocative winners of the Grand National in recent times as he defeated Cause Of Causes by four and a half lengths under Derek Fox.
Stabled in Kinross, Tayside, One For Arthur became the first Scottish-trained winner of the big race since Rubstic in 1979. He was also the ante-post favourite to repeat the feat next spring.
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