Corach Rambler, ridden by Derek Fox, surged to victory in the Grand National, which was temporarily interrupted by animal rights activists at Aintree on Saturday. Fox, who previously won the people’s race on One for Arthur in 2017, has now joined a select group of jockeys who have done so twice.
A seven-person syndicate purchased Corach Rambler, an 8-1 shot, in 2020 for 17,000 pounds. The last of the 30 jumps was no challenge for him as he flew over them and raced away to triumph down the finish line. Lucinda Russell from Scotland trained Rambler.
“He is just a phenomenal horse. I can’t believe it. He normally gets his head up a wee bit but today he traveled everywhere,” Fox told ITV. “He is the cleverest horse. He is so intelligent.”
While Corach Rambler came charging in at the finish, Mister Coffey had done the majority of the racing before faltering over the last few jumps. Noble Yeats, the defending champion, was also successful in getting a spot, although it was challenging to replicate the previous achievement due to the added weight.
The horse trained by Russell, who was the 8/1 favorite going into the event, justified that support with a nearly flawless performance to defeat Vanillier by about three lengths.
For most of the race, Corach Rambler was willing to run with the pack, but he started running strongly when he made his sprint for fame and glory. Later, Derek Fox surged ahead over the final stretch and drove away, and even with Vanillier putting up a valiant fight, he managed to hold him off.
The winning training team included renowned jockey Peter Scudamore, whose son Tom expressed his emotions about his father finally winning the major race. “You don’t know what this horse means for my father, I can’t tell you. They were in tears before the race.”