Sligo jockey Derek Fox wins the Grand National

Sligo native Derek Fox sensationally won the Randox Health English Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, guiding 14/1 shot One For Arthur home in his first race in the £1 million showpiece in Liverpool.

The 24-year-old, who hails from Emmet Place in Sligo, is based with trainer Lucinda Russell and former champion jockey Peter Scudamore in Scotland, and was only passed fit to ride earlier in the week following a bad fall last month.

Fox paced the race to perfection in Liverpool, surviving a bump with then leader Blacklion on the second last obstacle with the eight-year-old taking a late lead to finish ahead of Cause of Causes.

One for Arthur became the first Scottish-trained winner of the world’s most famous steeplechase since 1979.

Sligo trainer Mark McNiff, an uncle of Fox’s, also had a runner, Ruben Cotter, at the festival on Saturday.