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Lights Of Broadway (left) - Taunton 09.01.2012

Shock as 200-1 winner strikes at Taunton

THERE was a 200-1 shock at Taunton on Monday when Lights Of Broadway became the first horse to win a race in Britain at that price for two years.

The Jo Hughes-trained six-year-old led home 50-1 shot Wishes And Stars and Fortuna Rose, sent off at 33-1, who finished third in the mares' novices' hurdle.

Lights Of Broadway, who won the 2m3f contest by three quarters of a length, is the biggest-priced winner since the Jennie Candlish-trained 200-1 shot Maoi Chinn Tire won a juvenile hurdle at Wetherby on October 29 2010.

Hughes said: "She has been working well and I always thought a lot of her. Better ground has helped her and the horses are all running well. I don't gamble anyway. I thought she would run well but not necessarily win."

Lucy Rhodes of William Hill told At The Races: "We  deserved that after Boxing Day when every single favourite went in."

The few psychic punters who came up with the forecast and could have been forgiven for expecting a dividend ain the vicinity of five figures might have been disappointed with the payouts - the computer straight forecast paid £3,484.82 and the Tote Exacta £1,749.20.

Equinoctial is the longest priced winner in British racing history, having won a novices' handicap hurdle at Kelso on November 21, 1990 at odds of 250-1.

 
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