Arthur groom Duff finally receives prize for Aintree triumph
One For Arthur’s groom Jaimie Duff modestly insisted she played only a small part in the Aintree triumph when she was finally presented with her trophy at Musselburgh on Saturday.
“I’m so proud to receive this trophy, but One For Arthur’s victory was down to everyone at the stable and I can’t claim much credit,” she said. “I do a lot of stuff with him at home, but really it was just a fantastic team effort and everyone involved has been amazing.
“I was able to see most of the race from my vantage point on the course and it was only the last two fences where I wasn't able to see too much. But it was absolutely fantastic when I realised he had passed the post first.”
Duff did not receive her prize immediately after the Grand National as One For Arthur was taken away for cooling down and did not go into the winner’s enclosure.
Duff added: "I’m delighted to say One For Arthur came out of the race very well, and I was also fresh and well the next morning. One For Arthur and myself were certainly in much better shape than the owners the day after the race!”
The National hero continued his tour of Scotland on Saturday and was a little edgy as he received warm applause from the big crowd when taken around the paddock before racing got under way.
“He’s just taken a little bit of time to adjust to all the people close to him, but he’s fine,” said trainer Lucinda Russell. “This will probably be the end of his social circuit and he wouldn’t be opening supermarkets or anything like that until he’s finished racing.
“We’d quite like him to go back to Aintree next year, and the idea is for him to have a summer break now and start his build-up to next year’s National back at Kelso.”
Work-rider Ailsa McClung also received her trophy at Musselburgh. Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy, was at the course to present the trophy for the Queen’s Cup, and she said: “I’m delighted and proud to be here to celebrate a Scottish horse winning the Grand National.
“We have to encourage everyone to get excited about another important sporting success for our country.”