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He Knows No Fear is 300-1 record-breaker at Leopardstown

Thu 13 Aug 2020

He Knows No Fear created history at Leopardstown when winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 300-1.

Seeing is believing! He Knows No Fear wins at 300-1.

Before his success, the longest-priced winner in Ireland was Killahara Castle at 200-1 in December 2017.

Trained by multi-millionaire property developer Luke Comer, whose Comer Group business is a worldwide operation and the sponsors of the Irish St Leger, He Knows No Fear had finished 12th of 14 on his debut at Limerick last month – at 250-1.

Ridden by Chris Hayes, the three-year-old was closer to the pace on this occasion, but a place still looked the best he could possibly achieve when Jim Bolger’s evens favourite Agitare shot clear.

However, when that one began to tire in front, He Knows No Fear sprouted wings and got up in the dying strides.

Comer was absent, but assistant Jim Gorman said: "He got left half a furlong in Limerick - so we didn't really know much after it - and because some of our horses weren't in great form at the time, we backed off them.

"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.

"It was great because it's one of Luke's own stallions (Mourayan) and his own mare. That gives him the greatest thrill, to breed his own."

He Knows No Fear was a welcome winner for the yard, whatever his price.

Gorman added: "We had a few quid on him each-way in Limerick but he broke so badly and was left in the stalls.

"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!"

Comer has never been afraid to tilt at windmills with his horses and it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see the winner turn up next in the Irish St Leger at Irish Champions Weekend next month.

The longest-priced winner in British racing history is 250-1 shot Equinoctial at Kelso, in November 1990, while Ireland's biggest previous shock came courtesy of Killahara Castle, a winner at 200-1 Thurles in December 2017.

The latest 200-1 winner in the UK was Intercessor at Newbury in June this year, while Nando Parrado was the biggest-ever priced winner at Royal Ascot the same month when securing the Coventry Stakes at odds of 150-1.

Here are the six other 200-1 winners this century, all of which came in Britain:

Intercessor

The John Gallagher-trained three-year-old was the complete outsider and totally unfancied in a field of 10 for a one-mile novice stakes at Newbury on June 13 2020. Given a no-nonsense ride by apprentice star Cieren Fallon, Intercessor made virtually all the running and hung on by a head in a bunch finish - with just half a length covering the first five.

Maoi Chinn Tire

Making a first start for new trainer Jennie Candlish and on his jumps debut, Maoi Chinn Tire had raced largely over sprint trips on the Flat - but he was good value for his Listed hurdle win at Wetherby, over two miles on October 29 2010. He also finished fourth at 100-1 in a Grade One juvenile hurdle at Aintree.

Lights Of Broadway

The mare was having her third run for Jo Hughes when winning a novice hurdle at Taunton on January 9 2012, staying on in the hands of Mark Grant to beat another outsider, 50-1 chance Wishes And Stars, by three-quarters of a length.

Dandy Flame

Trained and owned by Berkshire-based Jose Santos, a Monday evening at Wolverhampton on July 25 2016 was the scene of Dandy Flame's turn-up. Making a mockery of the form book, he surged two and three-quarter lengths clear of Elegantly Bound in the hands of Renato Souza.

Arctic Blue

Another having his first run for a new trainer, Patrick Rodford's five-year-old won a two-mile novice hurdle at Chepstow on March 23 2005 in the hands of 10lb claimer Keiran Burke.

Beechy Bank

Having her first run back for Mary Hambro after a brief spell with Richard Phillips, the then four-year-old faced eight rivals in an extended mile-and-a-half contest at Warwick on September 21 2002 and was ridden by Vince Slattery. Leading over a furlong out, the filly dug deep to beat Miss Gigi by a length

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