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Wednesday 18th November 2020
Which Racehorses Have Won at the Longest Odds?

All horse racing fans will dream of backing a runner at long odds to make some massive wins. But everybody knows that such occurrences can be very rare in the world of horse racing. However, it’s worth noting that rank outsiders do sometimes deliver the goods.


After all, it is a fact that only around one-third of favourites win horse races. So surely there’s a distant chance that you might get some decent wins by backing a horse with very long odds. Here’s a quick look at some of the surprise results by no-hopers that have shocked the horse racing world.

He Knows No Fear - 300/1

This racehorse stunned racegoers when it somehow won a race in Leopardstown, Ireland in August this year at very distant odds of 300-1. He Knows No Fear finally managed to break the record for being the highest-priced winner that had previously stood for 30 years. The Luke Comer-owned race had only run one race before this, and so it was a huge surprise when He Knows No Fear managed to steal the victory from race favourite Agitaire on the finish line.

Obviously, there were a handful of punters who managed to pick up some very impressive wins from fairly low stakes by backing this racehorse. It has been reported that nearly 40 people put their bets down on He Knows No Fear, and one customer picked up a five-figure sum from backing the three-year old. Definitely something to consider the next time you go to one of the new casinos featured at and lay down a wager on a jackpot slot game.

Equinoctial - 250/1

Prior to He Knows No Fear’s outstanding run, it was the five-year old Equinoctial who had held the record for being the biggest priced winner. Equinoctial somehow won the novice Handicap Hurdle at Kelso at odds of 250-1 in November 1990.

So what made this Norman Miller-trained horse such an unlikely prospect to win? Well, the racehorse had  only started four races before. This saw Equinoctial falling over, pulling up twice and then finishing just one race - albeit a good 62 lengths behind the winner. So the next time that you are scouring over a racehorse’s recent form, be sure to bear the unlikely win of Equinoctial in mind.

Mon Mome - 100/1

OK so this winner was a likely contender compared to the previous racehorses. But it was the fact that Mon Mome managed to win the Grand National at odds of 100/1 in 2009 that ensures that you won’t forget this racehorse’s name anytime soon. Mon Mome shocked thousands of racegoers at Aintree by winning this legendary horse race at a clear 12 lengths. This made Mon Mome the highest-priced Grand National winner since Foinavon also picked up the big prize with odds of 100/1 way back in 1967.

What made Mon Mome’s victory all the more remarkable was the racehorse’s fairly dismal form prior to this race. This saw Mon Mome being beaten by 42 and 57 lengths in his previous two outings. From here this Hertfordshire-based racehorse went on to pick up many more impressive wins before being retired in 2013. These included a credible third-placed finish in the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup along with six wins in 53 races overall.

Norton’s Coin - 100/1

Of course, it’s not just at the Grand National where you can get rank outsiders defying the odds to claim massive victories. Take the heartwarming tale of Norton’s Coin who shot to glory at odds of 100/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1990.

Not that this was a bad racehorse, but the humble origins of trainer - Sirrell Griffiths - a Welsh dairy farmer, meant that this was truly a horse racing win to remember. Plus the fact that Norton’s Coin pushed the legendary Desert Orchid back into third place was a sight to behold.  As such the triumph of Norton’s Coin in the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup is still known in horse racing folklore as being the ‘shock of the century’. All of which shows that truly anything can happen in a horse race.

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