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History made at Punchestown as shock 300/1 shot equals longest-priced Irish racing winner


Charlie O'Dwyer in action earlier this year in Gowran Park

Charlie O'Dwyer in action earlier this year in Gowran Park

Charlie O'Dwyer in action earlier this year in Gowran Park

Conor O'Dwyer will toast his shock 300/1 success while holidaying in sunny Spain after Sawbuck became the joint-biggest priced winner in Irish racing history when landing the opening maiden hurdle at Punchestown today.

After not making much of an impression in his six previous starts, the four-year-old was one of four horses to go off at a monstrous 300/1 but he made a mockery of those odds to come home a comfortable four-length winner under the trainer's son Charlie.

That left the elder O'Dwyer, who is relaxing in Marbella, smiling from afar with the Gold Cup-winning jockey as surprised as anyone after an "unreal" performance from the Zoffany gelding.

"It was a great surprise. We kind of liked him always but he was just a bit weak and backward, it took him time to come to hand and being honest I honestly thought that if he was seventh or eighth there today, I'd be quite happy," O'Dwyer told Independent.ie from Spain.

"You just never know. I sent two over there today and himself and I'm Not Alone (20/1 in a later handicap hurdle), I honestly thought if they're in the first six I'd happy. She was third and he won so a fabulous day.

"It would have been progress to finish midfield with him. But the progress kind of jumped ahead of me and caught me out a bit. To win a maiden with him is great. He'll be a smashing horse; he's still filling out and growing so a lovely horse."

O'Dwyer was disappointed to admit that Sawbuck, which had an SP of 999/1 on Betfair, didn't carry any of his money but he will still raise a glass tonight as they joined Luke Comer's 2020 Leopardstown maiden winner He Knows No Fear in the history books.

"You can have your last tenner on that one, that won't be 300/1 let me tell you," O'Dwyer said when asked if there will be cocktails to celebrate. "I'd probably rather be known for the shortest price winner than the longest, but we'll take it."

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