Grand National horse wins for Arthur two hours before death
PUBLISHED: 14:42 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 April 2017
A North Somerset man who never backed a Grand National winner got his wish two hours before he died – thanks to his namesake One For Arthur.
Arthur Bowering, of Banwell, ‘went out a winner’ after the 16-1 shot stormed to victory at Aintree on Saturday.
The 85-year-old was a keen punter, but never picked the winner of the famous steeplechase.
But in his final moments, Arthur watched on from home as the Scottish horse climbed through the field to claim the coveted title.
Arthur’s daughter Debbie Blick said her dad was a ‘character’ and it was the ‘perfect way’ for him to go.
She said: “He used to go to the bookies every Saturday afternoon. It was the highlight of his week.
“He’d never bet loads, he just enjoyed it.”
The former farmer was battling a lengthy heart condition which meant he became too unwell to visit the bookmakers, but his family created an account so he could pick his horses from home.
Debbie added: “On the day, we found he had £50 left in his account so we picked five horses for him. We saw One For Arthur and we thought ‘how can we not pick that one?’
“Anybody that knew him would have backed it because of his love of horses.
“When the horse romped home we were all crying – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“We were telling him ‘Dad, you’ve gone out a winner’.”
Shortly after the race finished, Arthur died with his family around him – including Janet, his wife of 59 years, who told the Mercury she wanted to thank Alliance care team.
Debbie said: “It couldn’t have been more perfect – it was a lovely day, the sun was shining and he hung on for the national.”
Debbie contacted One For Arthur’s trainer Lucinda Russell to thank her for the perfect send-off.
Ms Russell told the Daily Mirror: “I am so very happy that if, at least in some small way, we brought some lightness to such a terrible dark time for Debbie and her family.”
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