One For Arthur
The 170th running of the Grand National took place at Aintree Racecourse on 8th April 2017, a maximum field of 40 runners battling it out once again for the £1 million prize. Randox Health took over the sponsorship of the race from Crabbies for a five-year term and it was broadcast live on ITV for the first time ever. The race was won by Lucinda Russell-trained One For Arthur, only the second ever winner to be trained in Scotland (the first ever Scottish-trained winner being Rubstic which triumphed in 1979). Derek Fox was the winning jockey and the horse was sent off at odds of 14/1. The winning distance was 4 1/2 lengths ahead of runner-up Cause Of Causes with Saint Are a further 3 1/2 lengths behind in third.
A full complement of forty runners battled it out over a distance of 4 miles 514 yards for a share of the £1 million prize fund.
In total, 110 entries were received for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National although one of the ante-post favourites – 2015 winner Many Clouds – died from a pulmonary haemorrhage a short time before the announcement of the entries.
The top five weighted horses following the announcement of the weights on February 14th were all from the Republic of Ireland, this total including three from Gordon Elliott. This trainer decided to withdraw several entries due to dissatisfaction over the weights assigned to his runners, these including Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt and Outlander.
The race itself was the subject of two false starts with the first being due to several runners running off rather too keenly and the second due to Raz De Marie and The Young Master jumping the gun from the resultant standing start.
Once again there were no fatalities in the Grand National with all forty runners returning safely to their stables at the end of the race.
1: One For Arthur
2: Cause Of Causes
3: Saint Are
5: Gas Line Boy
6: Vieux Lion Rouge
7: Lord Windermere
8: Regal Encore
9: Pleasant Company
10: Houblon Des Obeaux