Shock 300-1 outsider Sawbuck makes history as biggest winner ever over jumps

Sawbuck created his own little piece of racing history at Punchestown on Tuesday when winning at odds of 300-1.

Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 4:10 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 4:11 pm

The four-year-old gelding matched the record for the biggest winner ever set by 300-1 He Knows No Fear – who won a 1m race on the Flat at Leopardstown in August 2020.

Trained by Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle-winning rider Conor O'Dwyer and ridden by his son, Charlie, he made just about all the running for a famous success.

Before that the biggest-priced winner in Ireland was Killahara Castle at 200-1 in 2017 – the record price in the United Kingdom is Equinoctial who won at 250-1 at Kelso in 1990.

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Sawbuck had shown absolutely nothing in six previous starts. On his sole previous run over hurdles he finished 55 lengths behind the winner in 16th after jumping off at 250-1 last November at Punchestown.

His best finish in any kind of contest was seventh – but still beaten 43 lengths at odds of 125-1 at the same track.

He had last been seen running on the all-weather at Dundalk last month and even touched 400-1 at one point in the market for the Bar One Racing Quick Deposit & Withdraw Maiden Hurdle.

Charlie O'Dwyer said: "He's been in great form at home and after his last two runs over hurdles, I came here thinking if he could finish somewhere in the middle of them, I would have been delighted.

Jockey Charlie O'Dwyer rose the shock 300/1 winner. Picture Alan Crowhurst/Getty

"The minute the flag dropped he travelled great and I couldn't fault him anywhere. He just got a bit close to the last but he's done it fairly handily enough.

"He likes that ground and is Flat bred and has run in Dundalk. The ground isn't a problem for him."

Sawbuck was actually available at 1000 – which translates to 999-1 – on the Betfair exchange before the off. One punter was celebrating a £1,000 payout after putting a quid on.

Coral reported one punter had placed £2 each-way on the four-year-old, who had been beaten by an aggregate of 98 lengths in two previous efforts over hurdles.

"After showing little form prior to his victory at Punchestown, Sawbuck went off as a 300-1 outsider for his race, however, he has matched the record for the biggest-priced winner in British and Irish racing history," said Coral's John Hill.

"Not many punters looked twice at the horse, but we tip our hat to the customer who placed £2 each-way on the winner. They clearly saw something others had missed."