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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Immensely proud: Scudamore delight as Russell efforts recognised in honours list

Lucinda Russell: has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list
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Grand National-winning trainer Lucinda Russell was hailed on Saturday following the news that she had been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Russell, who turns 52 this month, received the prestigious honour for services to horseracing, and she captured the world's biggest jumps race last year when One For Arthur won the Grand National under Derek Fox for owners the Two Golf Widows.

Russell's partner, eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore has also had his efforts within the sport recognised by the Queen, but now finds himself outranked in the yard.

"I'm a bit miffed, I got an MBE and then she wins the bloody National and gets an OBE," Scudamore joked on Saturday.

"I'm chuffed to bits for her. She's done a lot for Scottish racing and it's recognition of her battling away up here. I'm delighted for her and immensely proud of what she's done."

A party to recognise Russell's achievement will be held on Sunday, before business as usual on Monday, with Scudamore and Russell hitting the sales in a bid to find the next Grand National star.

One For Arthur is on the sidelines recovering from a leg injury last season, but Scudamore reported his recovery to be coming along well.

He added: "He's fine, he's been on the water treadmill for a couple of months and that's really built him up."

Fox, who was thrust into the limelight with the biggest winner of his career to date, also paid tribute to Russell.

He said: "She's shaped my whole career and it's changed my life working for her. We get on very well and understand each other very well. I've ridden some lovely winners for her and long may it last.

"I'm delighted for her, she really deserves it and works very hard. She's a great woman to work for and it's great for the rest of the yard. She's looked after me very well and I'm very lucky to work for such a good trainer."

A staunch supporter of Scottish racing, Russell has had nearly 1,000 runners at Scotland's four jumps tracks; Ayr, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth, in the last five seasons, and her efforts have not gone unappreciated.

Musselburgh and Perth clerk of the course Harriet Graham said: "It's great news and a great boost for Scottish racing. It's well deserved as she supports Scottish racing right the way the through the year, on any ground and every type of race, not just the top races.

"It's fantastic that's been recognised as it could easily have been overlooked. It helped winning the National, that was a big thing for us up here but she supports the little days as well. She has fantastic staff and she's great to talk to."

Russell was not the only figure with racing ties to be recognised in the honours list, with Jeff Ennis, a trustee of the Northern Racing College and former joint-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Racing and Bloodstock Industries Group also receiving an OBE.

Doreen Calder, who partnered the prolific pointer Flying Ace was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to equestrianism and to the community in Berwickshire. Trained, owned and bred by Calder's father Alan, Flying Ace won 59 races split between point-to-points and hunter chases.

William Fox-Pitt, who has won three Olympic medals for eventing, received an MBE.

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I'm delighted for her, she really deserves it and works very hard. She's a great woman to work for and it's great for the rest of the yard
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