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One For Arthur & The Young Master will be in the Randox Health Grand National when entries close

Horses for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National, worth £1 million again on April 8, have to be entered in the world’s greatest Jump race by noon on Tuesday, January 31.

There has only been one winner of the Randox Health Grand National trained in Scotland, with Rubstic taking the honours back in 1979.

A horse aiming to become the second in 2017 is One For Arthur, trained near Milnathort, Kinross, by Lucinda Russell and owned by Two Golf Widows.

The eight-year-old gained the biggest victory of his career last time out when recording an impressive six-length success in the Grade Three Betfred Classic Handicap Chase over three miles and five furlongs at Warwick on January 14 when ridden by Derek Fox.

One For Arthur gained valuable experience of the Grand National fences in the Grade Three Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree on December 5 when he stayed on strongly to finish fifth behind Vieux Lion Rouge, beaten just three lengths in total.

Russell said: “We have already entered One For Arthur in the Randox Health Grand National.

“Unusually, we were delighted that the handicapper put him up 10lb for his win at Warwick to 147.

“When we talked about it in the autumn we decided that, if all went to plan, we would aim One For Arthur at the Randox Health Grand National.

“He will go straight to Aintree now and won’t run beforehand. He has had a nice, quiet couple of weeks since Warwick and will go back into proper work on Monday.

“His run in the Becher was fantastic and everything has come together nicely with him. We are looking forward to it.”

The Young Master, trained by Neil Mulholland near Bath in Somerset, is another horse with the Randox Health Grand National on his agenda.

The eight-year-old battled his way to a short-head victory in the last big race of the 2015/16 season, the G3 Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park on April 23. He had run very well at the Cheltenham Festival, taking third in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase, the previous month. Both times leading amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen, who has an excellent record over the Grand National fences, was on board.

So far this season, The Young Master has made one appearance, falling two from home when well behind in the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree on December 3.

Robert Waley-Cohen, of part owners The Old Masters and Sam’s father, said: “The Young Master will definitely get an entry in the Randox Health Grand National.

“He runs on Saturday in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham and then, all being well, will head to Haydock Park on February 18 for the Betfred Grand National Trial before going on to Aintree. I don’t think we will be going to The Festival at Cheltenham with him this year.

“The horse is in good order at the moment his trainer tells me. I didn’t know quite what to make of his run in the Becher Chase – he jumped the fences fine but got very tired.

“To be fair, he had missed his intended prep run at Wincanton because the ground was too quick and that meant he was having his first run since winning at Sandown in April. I think he needed the race.”

The entries for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National will be revealed by noon on Wednesday, February 1, while the weights will be announced on the evening of Tuesday, February 14.