With horse racing continuing to be one of the sports most gambled on, it comes as no surprise that there have been some jaw dropping results over the years with several high priced winners. One race that has continued to provide these is of course the Grand National which is a unique test of both horse and rider which is why it is so difficult to win. You may want to check out the best tips for Grand National as the Willie Mullins’ trained Total Recall currently heads the betting as the 10/1 market leader.
Equinoctial entered the record books back in November, 1990 when he became the highest priced winner in the history of UK horse racing at 250/1. Trained by Durham-based Norman Miller, and ridden by a 7lb claimer, the horse went into the novice Handicap Hurdle at Kelso looking to have no chance. The five year old had run on four occasions before, resulting in being pulled up twice, falling once and completing once, but being beaten 62 lengths. The horse was also running 15lb wrong at the weights but somehow managed to land the spoils for surprised connections.
Dandy Flame provided connections with what seemed a shock victory when landing a Maiden Stakes race at Wolverhampton by 2 ¾ lengths having been handy throughout the contest. He had finished a remote last on his debut, being beaten 18 lengths, and looking to have little ability. He was sent off as the 200/1 outsider and an incredible 763/1 on the Betfair exchange. Following his shock victory his trainer stated the horse had shown ability and a lot of speed at home and that he hoped he would win. Also stating he had a few quid on him! Dandy Flame is still actively running as a four year and now has won 6 of his 21 starts under rules.
Not one of the biggest-priced winners but certainly one of the most famous. It took a long wait of 42 years following Foinavon’s stunning victory in the 1967 National for another 100/1 winner of the race in 2009. Mon Mome went into the contest with what seemed like little chance at 100/1 having been beaten 42 lengths and then 57 lengths in his previous two starts. However, he put in an incredible performance to win by 12 lengths. Following his retirement his trainer Venetia Williams stated that this was the greatest day in her training career. With the 2018 race coming up soon you can now place a bet on the Grand National with Betfair. Money continues to be bet on Tiger Roll following his comprehensive victory in the Cross Country Chase at the recent Cheltenham Festival.
Theodore, to this day, still stands as the biggest priced winner of a British classic having landed the 1822 St Leger at odds of 200/1. He went into the contest as one of four for his trainer and was the least fancied of them all, yet they incredibly went on to finish as the first four home. Theodore had been suffering from corns and was tailed off in one of the trials for the race but made all the running and won convincingly for the jockey, John Jackson, to the amazement of his trainer. Theodore still remains the joint holder for the longest priced winner of any flat race in Britain with Beechy Bank who won at Warwick in 2002 at odds of 200/1.
Norton’s Coin provided the ‘shock of the century’ at the time as he landed the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 100/1. What makes this such a shock result was the fact his trainer was a dairy farmer called Sirrell Griffiths who had just three horses in the yard. Training race horses was a side line and connections only travelled up on the day of the race from South Wales. Just a few hours later the horse surged to victory by three quarters of a length from Toby Tobias with the legend, and odds on favourite, Desert Orchid back in third. Check out below the closing stages of the incredible victory of underdog Norton’s Coin which shows anything can happen in sport!
The previously mentioned Beechy Bank is the last horse to make the select list. Beechy Bank became the shock winner and the longest priced for nearly 12 years back in 2002. She went into the Warwick contest as the remote outsider having shown nothing in her previous four starts and was sent off at odds of 200/1. She will be remembered as the horse that landed two punters big pay outs as they backed her in identical doubles with a horse called Legal Approach. Both horses went on to win resulting in pay outs of £6,030 and £10,050.