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Together with partner and assistant trainer, eight-time champion National Hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, Lucinda Russell is based at Arlay House Stables, near Kinross, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Indeed, her 2017 Grand National winner, One For Arthur, was just the second winner of the celebrated steeplechase, after Rubstic in 1979, to be trained in Scotland and just the fifth to be trained by a woman. The following year, Russell was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to horse racing in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
A graduate of St. Andrews University, Russell enjoyed success as an eventer, showjumper and point-to-point trainer before taking out a public training licence in 1995. She saddled her first winner, Fiveleigh Builds, in a handicap chase at Perth Racecourse in September that year and has gone on to saddle over 600 winners.
One For Arthur aside, career highlights include winning the Grand National Trial at Haydock three times, with Silver By Nature in 2010 and 2011 and Lie Forrit in 2015, and winning the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012. As the trainer responsible for two of the first four horses to run after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) made notice of a wind operation compulsory in 2018, Russell told the Racing Post, ‘I’ve always felt you’re better to be open about things and then people can make up their own minds.’