Fox Hunters hero Tartan Snow returned from Aintree last night having finished second in the race he won last year.
The Stuart Coltherd charge was beaten by 13 lengths by Warne, ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen.
Trained in Downpatrick by Brian Hamilton and owned by the jockey’s father Robert, Warne, jumped beautifully at the head of affairs from the off.
Hot favourite Mossey Joe and Borders favourite Tartan Snow, now 14, closed up on the home bend, but Warne kicked away to take the prize by 13 lengths in the Long Run colours.
Jockey Derek O’Conner steered Tartan Snow, who sprung a 100-1 shock in the race last year, past Mossey Joe to take second under at 25-1 with the 11-8 favourite only third.
There were just two fallers in last year’s Grand National and the trend continued as 16 of the 21 starters in the Fox Hunters’ completed the two-mile, five-furlong course, with four unseating their jockeys and one more pulled up.