JAWS hit the floor at Leopardstown Racecourse as 300-1 shot He Knows No Fear sprung a huge shock.
Luke Comer’s horse became the biggest-priced winner in British and Irish racing history when he took home the bacon in the 2.30 at Leopardstown.
He broke the long-standing record that had stood since 1990 after Equinoctical 250-1 success at Kelso Racecourse.
After only one start, He Knows No Fear, lived up to his name when breaking well and pipping even money favourite Agitaire on the line.
Jockey Chris Hayes just managed to edge his horse up on the outside to deny the strongly-fancied rival.
The bookmakers were left speechless but are always the real winners when the longshots get the better of a well-punted rival.
Coral’s John Hill, said: “He Knows No Fear lived up to his name at Leopardstown, causing the biggest shock in the history of UK and Irish racing.
“The previous record was set 30 years ago at Kelso and that came over jumps. This was on the Flat, which makes it even more surprising.
“Results like this are what make sport so great as every now and then the underdogs come out on top.”
Had you backed the horse on the Betfair Exchange you would have been quids in with the winner paid out a staggering 1000 BSP.
A lucky Ladbrokes customer in Ireland won close to a cool €40,000 with a €100 each-way bet striking gold.
Only 37 bets were wagered on the three-year-old colt with the firm, with the average stake at 50p.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “This is the sort of bet where we can only doff our cap and say congratulations. Only 37 Ladbrokes punters had the foresight to back such an outsider, and it’s paid off in quite some style.”
William Hill reported 86 lucky punters managed to back the 300-1 shot.
The biggest online winning with Hills was £15 each-way, a profit of £5,400.
“We have been astonished that so many punters managed to pick a winner at 300-1,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
“It is an astonishing feat and one that may not occur again in my lifetime.”
😦A shock at Leopardstown
🏇He Knows No Fear lands the 14:30 at 300/1
📉Betfair Starting Price (BSP) of 1000 on @BetfairExchange
🏆The winner traded at 1000 for £326
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