300/1 Winner At Punchestown Matches Irish Longshot Record

300/1 Winner At Punchestown Matches Irish Longshot Record
By Luke Delaney Updated

Sawbuck sent shockwaves around the horse racing community after his amazing 300/1 win at Punchestown today, which matched the record as the biggest priced winner in the history of Irish racing.

Sawbuck trained by Conor O'Dwyer, with his 19 year old son Charlie as jockey won a maiden hurdle by four lengths in the first race at Punchestown earlier today.

The historic win for the Kildare horse is made even more magical with the fact that Sawbuck hadn't been placed in his six races to date.

Sawbuck overcame challenges from 4/1 shot, JP McManus owned Ballybawn Belter who finished second and 10/3 favourite Vocito who finished third.

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Charlie O'Dwyer on Sawbuck's record breaking win.

Jockey Charlie O'Dwyer remained cool in his interview after the historical win, but spoke about how he was targeting a middle placed finish for the horse coming into the race.

" Yeah, I'm completely surprised by him.

"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 I would have been delighted." Charlie added.

Speaking to Racing TV after the race, Charlie explained the nervy finish at the end after a poor jump on the final fence, but the young jockey remained in control to see out the 300/1 win for his dad.

"Yeah, look, he was being a little bit numb with me so I just let him on and said if anyone else wanted to come and take it off me, I was happy enough to let them take it all the same. So Jack Foley took it off me down the back but that was it.

"Bit tight (on the last fence) , but look his jumping is very good and he was smart at it."

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It was certainly a result that almost nobody would have seen coming, but the rare few that backed it are certainly reaping the rewards, with some betting exchanges even offering up to 1000/1 on Sawbuck winning.

Sawbuck matched He Knows No Fear, who had a surprise win at Leopardstown two years ago as the highest-priced winner in Ireland and the UK.

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