If you’re a punter who jumps at the opportunity of some value, these are some big winners that are sure to excite the side of you that wants to pick a long shot every weekend. Following the victory of $201 shot and jumps-racing hopeful One For Later at Flemington on Saturday, we take a look at some of the biggest boil overs in recent times, that are sure to bring back some good (or bad) memories.
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Lasqueti Spirit – $138
To the credit of Brenton Avdulla, Lasqueti Spirit’s first and only victory to date came in the Group 1 Crown Oaks at Flemington during the 2016 Spring Carnival. Having run 4th of 7 in her previous run at Kembla Grange in a class one as a $2.90 shot, she was sent out in a group 1 in her next start against the likes of Yankee Rose and Missrock after failing to win in maiden company on 4 occasions prior. Watch here as the boil over unfolds as the less then even money favorite is put to the sword:
Friendly Dragon – $101
Not uncommon for the now 55-start veteran to go around at big odds and do well, however it was perhaps on this occasion that the gelding stunned his rivals the most. On Cox Plate day of 2016, Friendly Dragon took on close to even money favorite Privlaka, coming away with a 0.4L victory at Eagle Farm over 1400m. The Les Ross trained galloper had failed in the three runs prior, finishing 9th of 11, 13th of 13 and 10th of 11 in consecutive races at Eagle Farm and Doomben all in similar company. Friendly Dragon has won just the 1 race since, no more than 6 weeks after his victory at big odds.
Flying Jess – $101
2 wins from 20 starts so far for Flying Jess, the first being in the group 3 Sires Produce Stakes in April 2016 before taking out the 2017 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at triple figures. There was plenty of value in the field on this occasion as the now retired Winning Rupert was sent out at $1.65 favorite, failing to place. Flying Jess also defeated the very promising Global Glamour this time out and has gone on to be runner up in group 3’s on 2 occasions and once in a group 2.
Prince Of Penzance – $101
Perhaps the most renowned victory at massive odds as of late, Prince Of Penzance took out the 2015 Melbourne Cup, finishing 0.5L in front of Max Dynamite and Criterion. In a strong field that included single-figure shots Trip To Paris, Fame Game and Preferment, as well as crowd favorites Who Shot Thebarman and Red Cadeaux, jockey Michelle Payne got the best of them on the day, winning race number 7 for Prince Of Penzance for his eventual 29-start career. Prior to the Melbourne Cup, Prince Of Penzance had only run in 1 group 1 race, finishing 8th of 15 in the Memsie Stakes behind Boban and Entirely Platinum.
Boom Time – $51
Still fresh in the mind of punters, Boom Time took out last years Caulfield Cup in commanding fashion, beating Single Gaze and race favorite Rekindling by 1.25 lengths. Ridden by Cory Parish, Boom Time was a dominant winner in a field that also included the fancied Humidor, Bonneval and Ventura Storm. Following the resounding Caulfield Cup victory, the David & B Hayes & T Dabernig runner finished 15th in last year’s Melbourne Cup prior to a 12th placing behind Cheval Grand in the group 1 Japan Cup.
Mighty Boss – $101
The 3-year-old gelding in the Lankan Rupee Colors broke through in a maiden at Sale in July last year before failing to place at Sandown and Flemington in consective runs. Beaten by a number of runners in the field in previous runs, the Mick Price-trained Mighty Boss was sent out a 100-1 shot in the group 1 Caulfield Guineas, with punters favoring $4.80 starting favorite Catchy, as well as Kementari and Royal Symphony. Ridden by Michael Walker, Mighty Boss came from 11th at the 400m mark to score by 0.3L.
Ardanza – $301
Wendy Roche trained Ardanza had as much as $301 fixed put up for her in a 1400m maiden in April last year. It was the first start for the mare by Dane Shadow, running last by 4L in a Warwick Farm trial prior to her first start at Newcastle. Ridden by apprentice Rachel King, Ardanza found the fence and ran like an even money favorite to edge out the James Cummings trained Seeblume in a photo as well as Chris Waller’s Shield Wall. Ardanza has failed to win in her next 7 starts, most recently running 8th of 12 in a benchmark 80 at Randwick in October last year.