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He Knows No Fear becomes highest odds winner in British and Irish history
on 16 September 2020
Luke Comer-trained He Knows No Fear beat all the odds when he came home a 300/1 winner at Leopardstown last month

A 300/1 win is not something that many people get to witness in their lifetime. He Knows No Fear produced a jaw-dropping performance at Leopardstown when he broke the horse racing record.

The three-year old horse became the longest priced winner in British and Irish history. The win shocked many people since the colt achieved next to nothing in his last race, which was his debut. He lived to its name by surging up in the mile of track, barely beating the ambulance to victory.

Beating all odds

Despite all odds against him, He Knows No Fear gave owner Luke Comer his first win for nine years. The horse had no reputation since he had finished in twelfth place out of 14. This debut took place last month at Limerick, featuring odds of 250/1. However, being Comer's stallion and mare, the colt was a thrill to watch.

The records did not give the colt a chance against the punters' favourite Agitare. How shocking was the turnout for the punters live streaming the event? It is safe to say that this might be the longest odds winner ever, certainly, in the past three decades.

John Hill, Coral's PR manager, said that such unexpected outcomes are what make sports great. It is interesting when the underdogs come on top.

Longest priced winners

Before He Knows No Fear’s victory, Killahara Castle was the reigning longest priced winner in Ireland. In 2017, he had won odds of 200/1 at Thurles. He Knows No fear left bookmakers speechless when he broke the long-standing record of 1990. This record was previously held by Equinoctial at Kelso Racecourse, winning odds of 250/1. What makes this win more impressive is that it was over flat. The one 30 years ago came over jumps.

The recent holder of the Irish-British flat record being Intercessor. He held 200/1 shots, which took place in June this year at Newbury. Other longest priced winners holding 200/1 odds include:

  • Dandy Flame at Wolverhampton in 2016
  • Lights of Broadway at Taunton in 2012
  • Maoi Chinn Tire at Wetherby in 2010
  • Beechy Bank at Warwick in 2002
  • Betting action

    Due to unpromising records of He Knows No Fear, bettors favoured other competitors like Agitare. Some people like Gorman also were cautious of placing bets in such a risk odd because the colt had failed them the last time.

    Chris Hayes, a jockey partnered with He Knows No Fear, delivered the colt in time to snatch the win from Agitare. It is incredible that despite the huge odds, many punters placed bets in favour of He Knows No Fear. You can find sites offering horse racing betting markets here. The bettors lived to the name of the winner by placing bets without a doubt. This action rewarded their trust and confidence.

    William Hill, a British bookmaker, reported that there were 86 bets placed on He Knows No Fear. Stacking €15, the winners got a profit of €5,400. Rupert Adams noted that they were astonished that many people successfully picked a winner at 300/1 odds.

    Paddy Power said that the punting winners had a divine inspiration or were shrewd judges who saw positives from the Limerick race. A few Paddy Power clients celebrated their wins, though the stakes were little. They had more than 100 punters backing the winner.

    Ladbrokes Coral, also a famous bookmaker, recorded 63 winners on their sites. The largest stake was €2.50 each-way. However, one punter from Main Street was feeling confident and struck gold with €100 each-way. This optimistic bettor walked away with €36,000. Talk about luck!

    Final remarks

    He Knows No Fear's win at 300/1 odds was unthinkable. The horse has no doubt made its owner proud with its record-breaking performance. Its achievement is perfect from rags to riches story. A win like this one happens once in a lifetime. Bet that He Knows No Fear will be the longest-priced reigning champion for a while.

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