Parsnip Pete won the Silver Cross Red Rum Handicap Chase under Paddy Brennan at Aintree on Thursday.
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The 16/1 chance took over from Astracad (also 16/1) jumping the second last and stayed on all the way to the line to win by a length and a half.
Turn Over Sivola (13/2) ran on well for second, with the 7/2 favourite Claret Cloak also doing his best work late on in third.
Astracad took over the lead from the front-running Arnaud down the back straight but had to settle for fourth.
Brennan said: "He was very good, but he was fresh, which helped him. Any winner like this is what we get up in the morning for.
"It was a messy start and a few of us got left but that was fine as he can be quite keen and once I settled into a position I was happy. I probably kicked on early enough but I felt that he was fresh running to the line. He had a good look at the last but he had plenty left."
George added: "I thought this would be his track.
"Paddy said last year to get him ready for Aintree and it's all come right for him on the day.
"At Ludlow the ground was far too soft for him, but that run blew away the cobwebs and put him spot-on for today."
Alan King, trainer of the runner-up, was at least able to take the consolation that his charge's novice status will remain intact for next season.
"It was a proper race and I am thrilled," he said. "He will be some novice to look forward to next season."