Aintree hero One For Arthur forced to take a break

Injured: Grand National winner One For Arthur, pictured with trainer Lucinda Russell.
Injured: Grand National winner One For Arthur, pictured with trainer Lucinda Russell.
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Grand National winner One For Arthur has been ruled out for the season, says trainer Lucinda Russell

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.”

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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