He Knows No Fear may have been the biggest-price winner in Irish and British racing history, but almost a hundred plucky Paddy Power punters were shrewd enough to find the value in Thursday’s 300/1 shocker at Leopardstown.
Backers of the even money favourite Agitare must have watched on in absolute shock as Luke Comer’s outsider hurtled into second in the final 100 yards and kept on strongly under a power-packed ride to beat the favourite on the line.
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Asked about the upset Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “Almost 100 plucky Paddy Power punters lived up to their horse’s name and somehow managed to pinpoint the winner.
“These punting heroes have either been struck by divine inspiration or are extremely shrewd form judges who managed to see the positives from the winner’s debut at Limerick, where he was slowly away and made no impression from two furlongs out before trailing home a distant 18 lengths behind Comfort Line.”
The previous highest winning SP in Britain was the 250/1 poke Equinoctical who won in 1990 at Kelso, while the previous record holder in Ireland was Killahara Castle at 200/1, who triumphed at Thurles in December 2017.
The Luke Comer-trained colt beat just two horses home on his debut at Limerick last month, but left that form well behind under jockey Chris Hayes to pip Agitare at the post.
Assistant trainer Jim Gorman said after the race: “Going to Limerick we thought he was a real nice horse, but he got left so far we couldn’t get any kind of guide to him.
We had a few quid on him each-way in Limerick, but he broke so badly and was left in the stalls that day, so we didn’t really know.
“All our horses have been running well in the last few weeks and knocking on the door without winning, so it’s just great to get a winner.”
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