There was to be no fairytale win in the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase for the unplaced Guy Disney.
A fast-finishing second 12 months ago, this time Derek O’Connor had him closer to the pace and the Graham McKeever-trained 11-year-old appeared on the scene on jumping the second-last, before digging in and pulling two and a half lengths clear of Bear’s Affair.
But Disney, the first amputee jockey to ride over the National fences, was just delighted to have completed the famous course.
The former army captain, who lost part of a leg in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2009, said after his spin over the famous birch: “It’s the sort of thing you’d do every day until you die if you could, it’s very special.
“Riding with Jamie Codd, just in front of you, and Derek O’Connor and Nina Carberry alongside, popping away. It’s amazing.
“He’s the most gorgeous horse, but it was really soft ground and he found it really hard work.”