100-1 shot Morning Post lands the big two-year-old prize at DoncasterPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Morning Post scores 100-1 shock in sales race
Report: Doncaster, Thursday
Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, 6½f, 2yo
MORNING POST scored a 100-1 upset under top weight to land the big sales pot for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Paul Mulrennan.
The shock winner was a maiden in six starts going into the race but in first-time blinkers he made it a huge payday for owners Matt and Lauren Morgan.
Carrying 9st 2lb, Morning Post won by half a length. Azagal, receiving 12lb from the winner, was second at 12-1 and Mawfoor, another 12-1 shot, was a head back in third. Steventon Star (33-1) was fourth.
There was drama at the start when Regiment unseated Barry McHugh coming out of the stalls, but it was nothing compared with the way the race panned out.
Ben Hall led the 21-runner field for a long way in the centre of the track but he was swallowed up from both sides by a host of challengers.
Azagal made a determined strike for home with more than a furlong to run but Morning Post burst through to take the lead just before the furlong pole. Once in front, however, he veered towards the far rail. The line came just in time to repel Azagal's renewed challenge.
Mulrennan said: "I got a lovely pitch behind the pace. Kevin said there was no way he should be 100-1. He's always been a nice horse at home but has been dossing on the track."