Ga Law rose in the final strides to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham from French Dynamite.
Jonathan Burke guided the 5-1 shot, coached by Jamie Snowden, to victory in a battle up the hill after the eventual runner-up made a mistake at the end.
“Every time you come to Cheltenham it’s special and to win a big winner is great,” Burke said.
Ga Law won for the owners the Footie Partnership, formed in memory of their friend Nick Foot, who died of cancer.
“There was a group of six of them who always came to race at Cheltenham and they put together this partnership with the idea of coming here and hopefully winning a big race at Cheltenham,” said Snowden.
“Here he is and that’s all credit to this wonderful team of five guys. Nick Foot would have had a grandson yesterday, I think he did, so it all worked out.”
Midnight River finished third, with Il Ridoto fourth.
Favorite Stolen Silver knocked his rider down, while Cheltenham specialist Coole Cody was stopped.
French Dynamite, coached by Mouse Morris, looked set to be Ireland’s first winner since 2009, but a mistake at the end halted their momentum.
Ga Law, who returned from injury last month after a 603-day absence, rallied to win by three-quarter lengths.
“When he got injured it was before the Spring Festivals of his Novice year (2021) I said to the guys ‘don’t worry we are going to win the Paddy Power 2022. Thankfully it all worked out. went well,” Snowden said.
Previously, Banbridge had won the Arkle Trophy contest in style for jockey JJ Slevin and trainer Joseph O’Brien.