Silver Adonis came home the 50-1 winner of the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase at Aintree on the first day of the Grand National meeting.
Ridden by 23-year-old Tom Weston, the grey jumped well over the big fences and came to the front when crossing the Melling Road with four left to jump, holding off Moncadou (Alan Berry) and Blu Teen (Ryan Mahon). Van Ness, who led for a long way, was fourth under Timmy Edwards.
Tom said: “We thought the ground was a bit too soft for him this morning but we decided to run him and I can’t believe it. It’s a great feeling and he never missed a beat.”
Listen to Tom Weston interview
Tom’s best previous result in the “amateurs’ Grand National” was finishing second in 2005 on Caught At Dawn.
Silver Adonis is trained by Dr Richard Newland, a former GP who now handles a small string of horses in Worcestershire.
Listen to Richard Newland interview
Favourite Baby Run, the Christie’s Foxhunter winner last month at Cheltenham, unseated jockey Sam Twiston-Davies at the sixth fence.
Imperial Commander, the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, unshipped his jockey Paddy Brennan in the Totesport Bowl when making a bad mistake at the 14th fence. What A Friend, part-owned by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, came through to win for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh.
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