By Marcus Townend For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 18:36 GMT, 9 January 2021 | Updated: 22:09 GMT, 9 January 2021
Jockey Adam Wedge survived two crunching falls and then dramatically performed a balancing act to win the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow after the girth - the principal support holding the saddle in place - snapped on his mount Secret Reprieve.
The 5-2 favourite, trained by Evan Williams, comfortably beat The Two Amigos three lengths but overcoming the opposition was the least of Wedge's problems.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
After his girth snapped, only the elastic over-girth, held things in place.
Jockey Adam Wedge rode Secret Reprieve to Welsh Grand National victory at Chepstow
The 31-year-old overcame two heavy falls in earlier races to heroically secure the victory
The 31-year-old jockey, who had taken thumping falls on Clyne and Esprit Du Large, said: 'I knew my saddle had slipped from the second last but I wasn't aware my girth had come undone. It was only being held in place by the over-girth which thank God we have.
'Thankfully everything stayed in place. Fair play to the horse he stayed on a true straight line and he has helped me.
'It's a hard old game at times but winners like this keep us going. When you know you have a horses brought to the races in A1 condition you want to do everything you can to get out there.'