A dying grandad who always wanted to win on the Grand National achieved his dream - then passed away an hour later.
Arthur Bowering, 85, died at home surrounded by his family on Saturday after his namesake One For Arthur romped home at Aintree.
The family contacted the champ鈥檚 trainer Lucinda Russell to tell her the news - and she was so moved she rang them straight back, reports the Mirror.
Arthur鈥檚 daughter Debbie Blick, 51, described how her farmer dad loved nothing more than a small bet each Saturday but had never got close to winning the Grand National until last week.
Debbie, of Banwell, Somerset, said: 鈥淚t was just the most perfect send-off for him.
鈥淗e was very sick by the Saturday but we found his betting slip and decided to bet for him just one last time.
鈥淲e obviously went for One For Arthur and there wasn鈥檛 a dry eye in the house when he won.
"We said to him 'you've won the national, you can go now it's fine'."
Following the race Arthur, a grandad of five and great-grandad of one, who was suffering from heart failure, deteriorated rapidly and died at his home in Weston-super-Mare.
But the family were so overcome by the final win for their dad they phoned trainer Lucinda Russell.
Debbie said: 鈥淲e just felt we had to tell the trainer how perfect it was and she got back right away to say how touched she was by what happened.
鈥淚t was a lovely for thing for her to do and I know dad would have loved it.?/p>
Lucinda, clearly moved by what the family had told her, said: 鈥淚 think this story is absolutely brilliant.
鈥淚 know the Grand National is a huge global event watched as far afield as Cambodia but what really touches you is when you realise what racing means to people like Arthur.
鈥淚 am so very happy that if, at least in some small way, we brought some lightness to such a terrible dark time for Debbie and her family.?/p>