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Commercial First chief’s horse wins Grand National

Commercial First chief executive David Johnson was in the winner’s circle this weekend following a win at the Grand National.

Johnson’s nine-year old chestnut gelding Comply or Die, won the £800,000 purse with Johnson reportedly taking home £344,320.

In a press conference after the race, Johnson says: “Timmy gave him a great ride and the Pond House team have been brilliant. I didn’t win it with Martin but the yard is very much a family yard and David is proving a great trainer in his own right.”

Meanwhile another financial adviser won even more at the races on Saturday without even attending.

David Smith, a Kent-based financial adviser, bet £32 using BetFair’s online Tote system won over £510,000 on the races.

In a newspaper interview Smith says: “It’s got to be the best £32 I’ve ever spent. I was jumping for joy. It’s unbelievable. I went out that night with a pal to celebrate.

“Not having to pay tax on it is another massive bonus. My biggest winner before this was £5,000.”

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