Lingstown to Aintree – One For Arthur

11-year-old One For Arthur has been retired having won seven of his 25 races, the highlight being the 2017 Randox Aintree Grand National. 

When One For Arthur won the 2017 National it was heralded by the racing press as a win for Scotland because it was trained there by Lucinda Russell, however, the story of the race had strong claims to a Wexford victory and an amazing day’s point-to-pointing at Lingstown.

Purchased at the Derby Sales for €34,000 by Paddy Redmond of the Gorey hotels chain – Amber Springs and Ashdown Park – One For Arthur ran in five point-to-points from the stables of handler Liam Kenny, Craanford, and he showed promise when finishing third at Ballinaboola on November 10th 2013.

He turned into the winner of the four-year maiden race at Lingstown a fortnight later -on November 24th – when ridden by Barry O’Neill. Third in the race was Blacklion who had travelled from the north to race for Colin McKeever. Both horses were sold on and both played leading roles in the 2017 spectacular at Aintree.

One For Arthur ran all his races in the UK in the ownership of the Two Golf Widows (Belinda McClung and Deborah Thompson) who enjoyed the thrill of the chase and success at the highest level.

The field taking ‘the big bank’ at Lingstown. Aintree Grand National winner One For Arthur won his point-to-point at the Wexford track. (File Pic)

One For Arthur’s greatest steeplechasing displays was cruising through the Grand National field to defeat Cause Of Causes by four and a half lengths. The runner-up had put in a brilliant display and the horse that won his point-to-point maiden at Lingstown deprived local amateur jockey Jamie Codd (Cause of Causes) a victory in the greatest race in the world. Blacklion finished in fourth place that day.

A tendon injury suffered after the National out One For Arthur out of action for 609 days and he was never able to return to the form he showed at Aintree, failing to win in his next six starts.

One For Arthur ran well in the Aintree National of 2019 when finishing sixth behind Tiger Roll. Great Wexford sporting history and certainly one for the table quiz when they return.

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