The unheralded ‘Sawbuck‘ has created a betting sensation by literally defying the odds to land the opening race of the day at Punchestown on Tuesday.
Trainer Conor O’Dwyer’s four-year-old took the honours in the Bar One Racing Maiden Hurdle, matching the biggest-priced winner ever in Irish racing at 300-to-1!!!
‘He Knows No Fear’ also won at odds of 300-to-1 at Leopardstown two years ago. O’Dwyer’s son, Charlie, was on board to guide ‘Sawbuck’ to victory.
The winning jockey said afterwards “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. 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.”
Despite the massive price and the horse’s poor form going in to the race, Coral reported a £2 each-way bet on the winner, which returned £724.