7 Famous Odds-On Losing Horses
We all have our off days! Lets have a look at 7 horses running in Graded Chases
who have gone off at ridiculously skinny prices only to delight the bookmakers by not winning! There are a few favourites among the culprits
including Kauto Star.
A leading trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and seemingly a penalty kick for Denman, teaming up with
champion jockey Tony McCoy. Well clear five fences out McCoy started glancing anxiously behind him. At the fourth last Denman stood off and got the fence all wrong, it was remarkable the pair didnt part ways there. It was a short reprieve though and at the next and at this stage beaten Denman finally unseated McCoy.
Only three runners took part in this Grade 1 contest and all seemed to be going according to plan for Adamant Approach
as he came to the second last fence. It wasnt to be though and he fell - to make matters worse badly hampering his stablemate and allowing the only non Willie Mullin's horse (Noel Meade's Thari) to take the contest.
We have picked this as an example of the sensation Moscow Flyer losing at odds-on. In fact it happened more than once. His subsequent race seen him lose at 4/11 in Navan! In the Champion Chase it was a stunning race and had Moscow Flyer not made a mistake at the second last fence perhaps he would have won but despite a gallant effort Moscow Flyer couldnt reel in the winner Rathgar Beau losing by a short head.
Many afterwards said this wasnt that big a shock, but its easy in hindsight! Gungadu went off at an astonishing 4/9 but was beaten fairly convincingly in the end by Boychuk who ran out winner by 1 and a half lengths.
Michael Hourigan said afterwards it "wasn't the real Beef Or Salmon today" and mentioned a bug that was going round.
If only those who had lumped on at the 8/15 starting price had known! As it was they lost and so did Beef or Salmon by a huge margin of 14 lengths
to Rule Supreme, who never again captured a similar achievement.
Fresh from destroying Voy Por Ustedes and the field at the Cheltenham Festival the month previous, rivalry was resumed
and everyone seemed to want to stick with Master Minded. There are many theories as to what went wrong for Master Minded in this race but one things for sure the complete turnaraound and 18 length victory for Voy Por Ustedes left many a punter crying in their pint!
Where would any horse racing chasers list be without Kauto Star? On this occasion perhaps Kauto would prefer
to be left off this list, but who can ignore the now infamous unseating of Sam Thomas in the Betfair Chase. What looked a sure thing became an absolute nightmare to many who had piled on Kauto Star. As it was Snoopy Loopy ran out victor at a massive 33/1 - at least someone was happy!