The Best Comebacks In Flat Racing
Billesdon Brook provided us with one of the greatest comebacks of the 2017 season at Glorious Goodwood, with £10 matched on her at 999/1 on the betting exchanges in-running.
But how does Billesdon Brook compare to the best comebacks in Flat racing over the last year?
There have been some breathtaking comebacks over the Flat involving some of the biggest races and greatest racehorses in the world.
The Richard Hannon-trained filly had met trouble in running on at least two occasions in the home straight at Goodwood and looked a lost cause with around 10 lengths to make up in the final furlong.
But, just as the fat lady began to warm her throat, jockey Sean Levey scythed through the field and managed to win by a short head; completing the 999/1 comeback!
Look out for the red and green colours of Billesdon Brook coming from a mile back to win the 4.10! Touched 999-1 in running… pic.twitter.com/Mdmb2LPfcs
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Over to Hong Kong for one of the biggest comebacks over the Flat ever!
On his debut Pakistan Star started poorly and paid the consequences, he was not even in the picture half way through the race! However, he tore up the whole field in the home straight, passing a total of 13 horses to win by a one and a quarter lengths!
Wings Of Eagles
The 2017 Epsom Derby proved a bit of a shock result even for trainer Aidan O’Brien whose five other runners started at better odds than the 40/1 shot Wings Of Eagles.
Wings Of Eagles held off the pace at the rear and he had a lot of ground to make up as he came round the bend in 16th place and even looked out of the running just two furlongs out!
However, the colt rallied while the favourites tired and he won by three quarters of a length in front his highly rated stablemate Cliffs Of Moher.
The Group Two race was full of quality with the favourite Limato, a two-time Group One winner, heading the market.
However, Breton Rock produced one of the comebacks of the 2017 season going from last to first in a flash. Andrea Atzeni said “I didn’t expect this at all. I dropped him out last to pick up the pieces, but he picked them all up.”
— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) August 1, 2017
Arrogate had a poor start in the richest race in the world – The $12 million Dubai World Cup. He completely missed the break and was 12 lengths off the pace.
However, he got himself back into the race with a mile to go, and down the home straight he stormed to the finishing line passing the leading contenders with ease. This was Arrogate’s fourth consecutive Group One win and he is now up there as one of the all-time great racehorses.