Lucinda Russell and her partner Peter Scudamore have reason to be excited this Grand National. With their favourite Corach Rambler in great shape, their aim of repeating the success of their 2017 winner One For Arthur is in sight. After a restful post-Cheltenham recovery, the Milnathort-based trainer’s famous prospect is geared up for the big race. Visibly fit and in the right mindset, horse and trainer have built a strong relationship over the months leading up to Aintree.
The 2017 win of One For Arthur was huge for Scottish racing, bringing in the interest of the public not normally interested in the sport. Should Corach Rambler be successful, this will undoubtedly further increase the appeal of racing in the country. While Lucinda Russell has been hesitant to think of the possibility of repeating the same feat, this has only spurred the focus of the stable and Corach forward and given them the motivation to train intuitively and carefully.
The Grand National is highly sought after by jockeys and trainers as it is known as the most gruelling horse race in the world. Famous names have never had the chance to claim it, but with the top trainer-jockey duo from Scotland, there is still hope. Though it would not have been the same had Arthur not been around, the prospect of another win for the Lucinda Russell Stable gives everyone a glimmer of joyous anticipation for the race. Commentary ought to be available through BBC radio 5 live and be sure to catch up on the website and app for updates.