One For Arthur groom to collect National prize at Musselburgh
Randox Health Grand National hero One For Arthur's tour of Scotland will continue at Musselburgh on Saturday when his devoted groom, Jaimie Duff, will receive the trophy she was unable to collect in the aftermath of the eight-year-old's Aintree triumph.
As a precautionary measure and due to the warm weather, Aintree officials decided in the interests of horse welfare the first four home in Saturday's National would be dismounted on course and then led to the wash-down area to cool down before entering the winner's enclosure.
However, One For Arthur did not return to the winner's enclosure as the cooling-down process continued, which meant Duff, who remained with the apple of her eye, did not receive her prize.
She will now do that at Musselburgh on Saturday when the Lucinda Russell-trained One For Arthur, who also paraded at Kelso on Monday, visits the track.
Four of Musselburgh's seven races will be screened on ITV4 and track officials are in discussion with network chiefs over an appropriate time to hold the presentation.
"It's an initiative of those involved," said Musselburgh chief executive Bill Farnsworth. "Scottish Racing have been co-ordinating things with Lucinda and Peter Scudamore, the owners, and I know the Jockey Club have been involved in as well."
Judy Murray, mother of tennis ace Andy, will also be on course to present the prize for the £100,000 totepool Queen's Cup, while One For Arthur is due to strut his stuff before racing at 1pm.
"We're thrilled to bits the Scottish public will get to see a National winner, a Scottish-trained and Scottish-owned National winner," Farnsworth added.
"It's great. People love these horses and to see him for real is a great privilege, which most don't get."