Talking Horses: 100-1 winner headlines not good news for puntersTuesday 8 June 2021
For more than a year backers have been losing out on a daily basis, and no one appears inclined to do anything about it
Last Monday was an afternoon that connoisseurs of the unexpected in horse racing will never forget. The 2.15 at Leicester, a fillies’ handicap over a mile, was won by Mick Appleby’s Katies Kitten, at 100-1. Five minutes later, up at Redcar, the six-furlong maiden at 2.20 was won by Ann Duffield’s Runninwild … at 200-1.
You should never say never in a sport with its roots in the 17th century but, since Runninwild was only the fifth 200-1 winner in the last 16 years, it seems likely that this was the first time in British racing history that races run five minutes apart had produced winners at such enormous prices.