Born on May 14th, 1992, Derek Fox is an Irish jockey who has been seen around the Northern circuit in Britain for many years. Thanks to his partnership with Lucinda Russell, and a strong relationship with other Northern trainers, Fox has been able to carve out a career riding around those tracks, with the odd bigger success taking him to the main stage from time to time.
It is for that reason, that he isn’t a regular at the likes of Aintree or Cheltenham, but in 2017, he won the biggest race of them all aboard One For Arthur, trained by his closest racing supporter, Lucinda Russell.
While Derek Fox is still not a huge name in racing, there is no doubt that One For Arthur was key in raising his profile, and probably helped him pick up some additional rides afterwards, from trainers who may have overlooked him in the past.
Derek Fox Grand National Wins
- 2017 - One For Arthur trained by Lucinda Russell
|2022||Mighty Thunder||Fence 24 - Pulled Up||-||Lucinda Russell|
|2019||One For Arthur||6||£30,000||Lucinda Russell|
|2017||One For Arthur||1||£561,300||Lucinda Russell|
Partnership with One For Arthur
When One For Arthur and Derek Fox crossed the winning line in 2017, they were both doing so in their first attempt to win the Grand National. Fox had never ridden in the race, and One For Arthur was running in the race, and over four miles, for the very first time, but in both instances, you could not tell on the day.
Their partnership, put together by trainer Lucinda Russell, was excellent, and you could clearly see that Fox knew the horse well, and knew how to ride him around the national fences, despite never riding in the race before.
At the end of their race, Fox knew he had plenty left in the tank but was one of four horses to jump the final fence in a line. Straight after the jump, no one could handle the move that One For Arthur made, quickly galloping clear with Fox to go ahead of the field, eventually winning the race by four and a half lengths.
Injury prevented the horse from returning in 2018 to defend his crown, and Fox didn’t have a ride in the race either, despite showing his skills by winning 12 months earlier. The pair were back in 2019 though, after injury and with a lot more weight to carry. They were unable to repeat what happened in 2017 but can be proud of their efforts to get around the course again and finish a very respectable 6th in the race.