He Knows No Fear pips hot favourite for record 300/1 success

He Knows No Fear became the first ever 300/1 winner in horse racing history at Leopardstown on Thursday.

The rank outsider stormed home from well off the pace under Chris Hayes to collar hot favourite Agitare on the line in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Trained and owned by Luke Comer, the three-year-old colt only had the one prior start, when he was finished in front of just two other rivals at Limerick.

Beaten 18 lengths there, he showed huge improvement to nose ahead of the market leader and cause a huge shock.

Spokesman for bookmakers Coral, John Hill, said: “He Knows No Fear lived up to his name at Leopardstown, causing the biggest shock in the history of UK and Irish racing.

“The previous record was set 30 years ago at Kelso and that came over jumps.

"Results like this are what make sport so great as every now and then the underdogs come out on top."

A small number of Paddy Power customers were celebrating the success of the longshot.

“Almost 100 plucky Paddy Power punters lived up to their horse’s name and somehow managed to pinpoint the winner," said their representative Paul Binfield.

"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."

Earlier in the summer, Intercessor became the joint longest-priced winner in British flat racing history when scoring at odds of 200/1.

The Newbury victory in June came four years after the last success at that price – Dandy Flame at Wolverhampton in July 2016.

Equinoctial, a 250/1 shot when he triumphed at Kelso in 1990, was the overall record holder before this afternoon's mile event.

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