Lucinda Russell has been flying the flag for Scottish racing for many years, and when you look at how the yard works, it’s not just Lucinda up there doing the hard graft. Her partner is Peter Scudamore, an eight-time champion jockey in his riding days and now assists Lucinda in the yard’s day-to-day running.
They have tasted success around the UK, and once in the Grand National, which was in 2017 with the popular One For Arthur, a victory that was celebrated by many. Since then, they’ve tried again with One For Arthur but could only finish sixth in 2019.
Horse racing is hugely popular in Scotland, with a handful of courses, but few trainers set up their base there because of the geographical location. Therefore, Scotland has few flag bearers, but Lucinda Russell is undoubtedly one of them.
In 2018, Russell was given an OBS on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to racing, which came just months after she won the Grand National as a female trainer in 2017.
Lucinda Russell Grand National Wins
- 2017 - One For Arthur ridden by Derek Fox
|2022||Mighty Thunder||Fence 24 - Pulled Up||-||Derek Fox|
|2019||One For Arthur||6||£30,000||Derek Fox|
|2017||One For Arthur||1||£561,300||Derek Fox|
|2011||Silver by Nature||12||-||Peter Buchanan|
|2005||Strong Resolve||17||-||Peter Buchanan|
|1996||Greenhill Raffles||14||-||Martin Foster|
First Grand National Winner
Scotland was cheering in 2017, for the second time in the history of the Grand National and the first time since 1979, when Rubstic won for Scotland for the very first time. Two false starts, fallers, the leader being carried out and more all led to what was seen as a pretty dramatic race for recent times.
At the final fence, four horses were in with a chance, so the ending was dramatic too, but as they jumped, One For Arthur ended any hope of a thrilling finish as he pulled clear of the others to win the race by four and a half lengths. In doing that, he gave Lucinda Russell the biggest win of her training career and gave Scotland their second Grand National hero.
Assistant Trainer Peter Scudamore
While Lucinda Russell is the name on the training license, it is fair to say that a great partnership is behind the stable’s success. Former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, the partner of Lucinda Russell, is an assistant trainer at the yard, bringing his racing experience and contacts to the team.
He received an MBE for his services to racing, won the champion jockey title eight times and rode a total of 1678 winners during his career. From race planning to watching the gallops and coaching jockeys, Peter Scudamore is an incredibly vital part of Lucinda Russell’s team.
Famous Horses Trained by Lucinda Russell
Here are some of the bigger names trained by Lucinda Russell during her career.
One For Arthur