Coneygree landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the blue-riband event of the 2015 National Hunt Festival.
The 7-1 shot, under Nico de Boinville, became the first novice to win the race since 1974.
#CheltenhamGoldCup result: 1. Coneygree (7/1) 2. Djakadam (10/1) 3. Road To Riches (8/1) 4. Holywell (8/1) FAV if you're collecting!— Cheltenham Festival (@cheltenham) March 13, 2015
Mark Bradstock’s charge relished the soft conditions and stayed on to hold off Djakadam by a length-and-a-half with Road To Riches a further half-length back.
It was the 25-year-old jockey’s first ride in the race.
The small stable in Oxfordshire now sees its star turn added to the fabled list of race winners.
The opening Grade 1 race on the fourth and final day at Prestbury Park saw 2-1 favourite Peace And Co win the Triumph Hurdle.
Triumph Hurdle Result 1st Peace and Co 2/1 2nd Top Notch 7/1 3rd Hargam 8/1 #CheltMental— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 13, 2015
Nicky Henderson’s 2-1 chance, under Barry Geraghty, held off Top Notch by a neck at the end of the two-mile trip.
Barry Geraghty: "The ground is hard work and probably killed Peace And Co's pace but I could afford to sit and wait" pic.twitter.com/72VifHAeZU— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015
It was a one-two-three for Henderson, who is the Cheltenham Festival's most successful trainer with 53 winners.
Henderson's three juvenile musketeers: PEACE AND CO (left) beats second TOP NOTCH (centre) and third HARGAM (right) pic.twitter.com/xWFbXqeKil— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015
The other Grade 1 renewal on Friday was the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, with Martello Tower proving victorious.
The 14-1 shot won a test of stamina, staying on to win the three-mile affair by half a length from outsider Milsean.
Albert Bartlett Novices' result: 1 Martello Tower (14/1) 2 Milsean (33/1) 3 No More Heroes (6/1) FAV if you're collecting from the bookies!— Cheltenham Festival (@cheltenham) March 13, 2015
It was a first Festival win in five years for jockey Adrian Heskin.
Heskin said of Martello Tower (right): "He's a real tough horse, all he does is find off the bridle." pic.twitter.com/nJozHTkKMK— PA Stables (@PA_Stables) March 13, 2015