Tartan Snow: landed the Fox Hunters' at the grand age of 13PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Veteran Tartan Snow causes 100-1 shock
Report: Aintree, Thursday
John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase 2m5½f, 6yo+
TARTAN SNOW, in the hands of Jamie Hamilton, caused a 100-1 shock in the first race over the National fences at this year's Grand National meeting.
It took a photo to split the winner and Cool Friend, who led at the elbow before succumbing to the eventual winner in the shadow of the post under trainer-rider Oliver Greenall. Back in third was Rash Move.
The winner was making his 48th appearance at the grand age of 13 and needed every yard of the 2m5½f trip to record a seventh career win.
The race was not without incident, with the start again proving less than straightforward. However, following one false start, the 25 runners were given the off, where both Fairwood Present and Cottage Oak looked less than enthusiastic to proceed and lostvaluable ground.
In the front line was last year's winner Cloudy Lane, Warne and Silverburn, although only Warne was in contention after the last.
That's when Cool Friend was unleashed with his run under Greenall, moving into a clear lead. He looked the likely winner until Hamilton, who rode a winner on the Flat at Doncaster two weeks ago, came with a perfectly timed challenge to land the prize.
"This horse had been very good for me, he gave me my first winner under rules," said a delighted Hamilton. "He jumped for fun and all thanks to Stuart Coltherd [winning trainer] for the opportunity."
Coltherd added: "He's given us so much fun. He ticked every box apart from his age - I thought he had the ability. That was his seventh win for us but that means everything."
After being pulled up, the Ted Walsh-trained Battlefront collapsed and died, Walsh putting the fatality down to a suspected heart attack.