Wolverhampton: the scene of Dandy Flame’s stunning victory on Monday
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Colin Russell 7:09PM 25 JUL 2016
DANDY FLAME’S win at 200-1 in the 5f juvenile maiden at Wolverhampton on Monday was the joint-second longest-priced winner in the history of British racing.
The longest-ever priced winner was Equinoctial, who was a 250-1 chance when he won a novice hurdle at Kelso in November 1990.
Although rare there have been other 200-1 stunners, most notably Theodore who won the 1822 St Leger.
Dandy Flame returned a whopping SP of 763-1 on the Betfair exchange, but was a measly 50.70 on the Tote.
He was not unfancied by his owner-trainer, the Lambourn-based Jose Santos, despite finishing tailed off on his debut at Windsor.
Santos said: “We’ve always liked him. He’s not that big but we thought he would run well on his first start at Windsor, but he was green and his rider said that he was changing his legs on the ground.
“He has always shown plenty of speed at home and I hoped he would win this evening. I had a bit on, but I’m not a big gambler.
“I have only ten horses in and four of them are two-year-olds. Last year we had nine winners on the Flat and one over jumps but I’ve less horses this season and this was only my third win.”