There were fears on Saturday evening that the 2017 Grand National hero One For Arthur’s career may have been at an end after he was pulled up in the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park with a fibrillating heart.
However on Monday, the eleven-year-old was given a clean bill of health by the Royal Veterinary School at Edinburgh after a scan showed no physical issue with his heart.
One For Arthur was fitted with a 24-hour ECG monitor which will be analysed to see if there is any reason why the problem might surface again.
“Arthur’s heart is in perfect rhythm and there is no atrial fibrillation anymore,” said Russell.
“The ECG monitor will tell us if there is any other reason for atrial fibrillation, but at the moment the consensus is he was dehydrated and that caused his heart to go into AF. There is no anatomical reason he should do that.”
One For Arthur is placed at No. 52 in the 2020 Grand National weights and has been allocated 10st 2lbs. Despite his odds of around 25/1, his continued participation in the race is undecided. He will have to be carefully monitored in the next few weeks before connections make a decision.
Grand National 2020 favourite Tiger Roll made his seasonal return last Sunday in the Boyne Hurdle and for a good part of the race, he actually looked like he was going to follow up on his 25/1 shock win from twelve months earlier.
Match fitness let him down in the end, but it was a highly encouraging run and he finished a creditable fifth to his stablemate Cracking Smart.
Tiger Roll’s trainer, Gordon Elliott said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with Tiger Roll – Keith (Donoghue) said he cantered to the second-last and just said he blew up. I couldn’t be happier.
“The way he travelled into the race, a blind man could see you’d have to be happy. He thought he was going to win at the second-last, but he had a blow then and rode him hands and heels to the line.
“I told Keith to follow them around and if you beat one or two home, I’d be thrilled. I thought there were a lot of plusses to be taken out of the race and once he is OK in the morning that is all we wanted.
“He said he pulled the arms out of him the whole way and we can look forward to the cross-country race (at Cheltenham) now.
“We’re thrilled and once he is all right in the morning it will be all systems go for Cheltenham and all being well the Randox Health Grand National.”
One Way Traffic
All roads will now lead to the Grand National for the Gary Moore-trained Traffic Fluide after he almost pulled off the biggest shock of the weekend in the Ascot Chase. He was in the process of running a mighty race and visually he looked like he was easily going to overhaul the leader Riders Onthe Storm before coming to grief at the last fence.
Traffic Fluide has been allocated a weight of 10st 3lb for the Aintree showpiece and currently sits at No.51 in the entries list. On that basis he is virtually guaranteed a run come April 4th. This is also reflected in his odds of around 33/1.
Tnx for all the messages about Traffic Fluide – just a very tired fall after 469 days off the track when coming to win his race. Really brave performance from him, gutted for @joshmoore91 & @gl_racing he didnt win but so pleased that Traffic and Cyrname both up ok. Aintree next! pic.twitter.com/vJzbfn3i9P
— Galloping on the South Downs (@GallopingontheS) February 15, 2020
Moore said: “I don’t want to go straight to Aintree, but it’s looking like I’ve got to – because I want to run him in a hurdle race, but I can’t find one for him that’s suitable.
“So if I have to take him straight to Aintree, then that’s what I’ll do.”
He added: “There was a time (they said) you needed a two-and-a-half-mile horse to win the National. Whether that’s the case now, I don’t know, but I’m confident he’ll settle well in the race – he showed that on Saturday – and he’ll travel, and he’ll jump.
“They’re the main two attributes (for Aintree) really.”