RANK 80-1 outsider Jeff Kidder had the last laugh by romping home at monster odds at Cheltenham.
And the totally unfancied runner had bookies crying with even more joy after Black Tears earlier saved Paddy Power from an eight-figure payout.
Favourite backers had laid into 10-11 Concertista in big-money singles, double and trebles in the race before Jeff Kidder's ridiculous win.
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But the horse – now trained by Denise Foster instead of disgraced Gordon Elliott – won by the bob of a head at 11-1.
Jeff Kidder then added more misery on punters by winning at crazy odds.
The Noel Meade-trained horse had no friends in the betting before the start of the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle at 4.15.
But Sean Flanagan found a serene passage through the big field to see off 9-2 joint favourite Saint Sam.
Bookies were fearing the worst after 8-11 Appreciate It won by 24 lengths in the day's first race.
Shishkin obliged again for favourite backers by winning easily at odds of 4-9 in the Arkle Chase.
Vintage Clouds gave bookmakers some respite with a 28-1 triumph in the Ultimate Handicap.
But then the favourite onslaught was back on as Rachael Blackmore made history on 11-10 Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle, the big race of the day.
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It set the scene for Concertista to give bookies a huge payout – but Black Tears proved strongest of all to win the Mares' Hurdle.
Jeff Kidder then rubbed salt into punters' wounds with the 80-1 shock.
Spokesperson Paddy Power said: "I've probably lost a couple of stone in sweat and a few years off my life, but I've still got the shirt on my back – just.
"Black Tears saved us from an absolute bloodbath, but no mistake about it, the punters are well up after the first day."
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