A horse running at odds of 300-1 became the longest-priced winner in the history of racing in Ireland and Britain yesterday.
He Knows No Fear won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown, prompting bookmakers to express their astonishment that so many people fancied the three-year-old. The longest-priced winner in Britain had previously been Equinoctial, a 250-1 shot, at Kelso in November 1990.
In Ireland, the biggest outsider to win a race was Killahara Castle at 200-1 in December 2017.
Trained by Luke Comer, He Knows No Fear was 12th of 14 on his debut at Limerick last month at odds of 250-1.
Despite his huge price at Leopardstown, British bookmaker William Hill took 86 bets on He Knows No Fear.
Here, Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "Almost 100 punters lived up to their horse's name and managed to pinpoint the winner.
"These punters have either been struck by divine inspiration or are extremely shrewd form judges.
"They saw the positives from Limerick, where he made no impression from two furlongs out before trailing home a distant 18 lengths behind Comfort Line."