“Corach Rambler was a superb winner of the Randox Grand National for trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Derek Fox,” said Russell. “He has got greatness and it’s what he deserves. Corach Rambler, in our hearts, is just the best horse. Now in the public hearts he is as well.”
Fox, who had recovered from injury just in time to ride Corach Rambler, said, “He is just the most wonderful thing ever, he deserved to win this. I thank God I was back in time because it was the thrill of my life to ride him.”
Cameron Sword, a member of the winning ownership syndicate, The Ramblers, praised Fox’s ride, saying, “Derek rode a blinder! He was leading, he was at the front for most of that race, and we were thinking he should be a bit further back, but Derek Fox rode a blinder. And Corach Rambler – what a horse. I’m lost for words.”
Russell also addressed the protestors from Animal Rising who had disrupted the race, saying, “Those guys that went out to protest on the course, they think it’s about horse welfare but that horse loves the sport. He loves everything that he does. He’s kept in the best condition and I’m just so delighted that he can run in a race like that and perform like that.”
She added, “I hope those guys who were protesting will look at our website and our Facebook posts and see how they are looked after. It is so important they understand how we care for them every inch of the way.”
The race saw 17 out of 39 runners finish, with Hill Sixteen suffering a fatal fall at the first fence. Dickon White, North-West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, expressed condolences to Hill Sixteen’s connections, saying, “Hill Sixteen was immediately attended by expert veterinary professionals during the Grand National, but sadly sustained a fatal injury.”
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