Welsh Grand National: James Bowen on Raz De Maree becomes youngest jockey to win
Welsh 16-year-old James Bowen has become the youngest jockey to win the Welsh Grand National.
Bowen won aboard 13-year-old Raz De Maree - the oldest horse to win the event in modern times - on Saturday.
The 16-1 shot beat Alfie Spinner by six lengths at Chepstow in a race shortened to 18 fences from its usual 22, with Final Nudge finishing third.
"It's amazing. Once he got past a few horses he really took me and he won it in the end," said Bowen.
"We went hard early on and all he has done is stay on."
Bowen - from Pembrokeshire in west Wales and the son of trainer Peter Bowen - steered Raz De Maree to go one better than his 2016 runner-up spot behind Native River.
That saw Gavin Cromwell become just the second Irish-based trainer to win the title, following Notre Pere's 2008 success.
"He gave him a peach of a ride," said Cromwell. "He was flat to the boards down the back, but he didn't panic and he stayed on. This is fantastic, just brilliant."
Vintage Clouds, the 7-1 favourite, came in fourth in Chepstow's blue riband event on a heavy surface.
The race was initially due to take place on 27 December but was postponed because of a waterlogged course.
BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
James Bowen, a product of the rich heritage of pony racing in Wales, already has a long list of admirers who believe he has what it takes to get to the top.
And less than a year after gaining his first win in a point-to-point, the teenager has only underlined that thought with a cool ride to win on old Raz De Maree.
He had to sit tight when the horse, the 2016 runner-up, was impeded by a faller at the first fence, and then galvanise him into throwing down a challenge from the fourth last which soon proved decisive.