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Lucinda Russell Trainer - Horses, jockeys, record, statistics, winners and earnings

Lucinda Russell is a dual Grand National-winning trainer and the first Scottish trainer to win the Aintree spectacular twice.

Her stable star, Corach Rambler, is in line to defend his crown on Merseyside this spring and we're taking a look at the Kinross-based handler in more detail.

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Who is Lucinda Russell?

Lucinda Russell started training in 1995 having previously evented, show-jumped, trained point to pointers and been awarded a BSc Hons in Psychology at St Andrews University.

In the intervening time, she's turned her yard in Kinross into Scotland's leading National Hunt yard. She has a stated aim of buying potential winners and producing fit athletic racehorses.

Her partner is Peter Scudamore, an eight-time champion jockey who rode 1,678 winners in a record-breaking career, and they have formed a partnership that has produced the most successful racing yard in the history of Scottish jumps racing from their base at Arlary House in Milnathort, Perthshire.

Russell's rising stock in the jumps game saw her join Nicky Henderson as the only British-based trainer to saddle winners at both the 2022 and 2023 Cheltenham Festivals.

Who is Lucinda Russell's stable jockey?

Derek Fox has been part of the furniture at Arlary House for more than a decade and is now the main rider.

Born in Co Sligo in Ireland, Fox left school aged 14 with little in the way of reading ability having been diagnosed as dyslexic in his youth.

He says he later became a self-taught reader in his early 20s and now reads extensively, focusing on autobiographies, which help him to 'learn about life'.

Fox has ridden both One To Arthur and Corach Rambler to Aintree glory for the Russell team.

Lucinda Russell's Cheltenham Festival winners

The Russell team have enjoyed three Cheltenham Festival wins.

Back in 2012, they landed the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle as Brindisi Breeze proved too strong for hot favourite Boston Bob in the hands of the late Campbell Gillies.

Corach Rambler has trebled the yard's tally of Festival winners with successive scores in the Ultima Handicap Chase in 2022 & 2023 under Derek Fox.

Lucinda Russell's Grand National winners

In 2017, One For Arthur became just the second Scottish-trained Grand National winner at Aintree.

He charged clear to finish ahead of Cause Of Causes and Saint Are as favourite Blaklion, who led for much of the contest, was fourth.

The win was just the second by a Scottish-trained horse since Rubstic's victory in 1979 and he carried the colours of winning owners are Deborah Thomson and Belinda McClung, who went under the name 'The Two Golf Widows'.

In 2023, Russell repeated the trick, this time with Corach Rambler as he justified 8/1 favouritism in the big race, getting to the front at the second last and holding off Vanillier in second spot as defending champion Nobel Yeats was fourth in the 175th running of the great race.

Lucinda Russell's best horses

One For Arthur and Corach Rambler will always be key parts of the Russell success story, being winner of the world's most iconic jumps race.

Ahoy Senor has also been a beacon for the team, winning the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in 2021 – beating hot favourite Bravemansgame – and the Mildmay Novices' Chase a year later. He also won the Cotswolds Chase at Cheltenham in January 2023.

Brindisi Breeze famously denied Boston Bob for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh under Campbell Gillies at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012, while Apple Away was the latest Russell charge to win the Grade 1 Sefton at Aintree in 2023.

The seven-year-old mare was only fifth in the National Hunt Cup at the Cheltenham Festival this season, but remains a top prospect for the future as a staying chaser.

Lucinda Russell's career earnings

Quantifying Russell's career earnings is difficult, but in the last five seasons alone she has banked more than £4m in British jumps races for her successes, along with £195k in Flat races on British shores.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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