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Leicester top the table in year of the unexpected

Claudio Ranieri and Kasper Schmeichel enjoy the moment after Leicester's shock Premier League success
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As Paddy Power Betfair reveal that Donald Trump's election victory hit them hard, we round up the top five surprise results of 2016


1 Leicester take top billing with their first Premiership title rewarding the few faithful who took the 5,000-1 with some bookmakers and the 1,500-1 readily available after a dozen games in the season.  

2 Donald Trump, who announced his intention to run for president in June 2015, went from rank outsider to the most powerful man in the world. His staunchest supporters at the outset took first shows of around 150-1.

3 It was a two-runner race but the opinion polls completely misread the electorate in the run-up to the EU referendum. On the morning of the vote bookmakers were offering 7-2 about the Brexit vote being successful. 

4 In any other year Dandy Flame and his trainer Jose Santos would have had the headlines with their 200-1 success in a 5f all-weather maiden at Wolverhampton in July. After finishing last of eight at 100-1 on debut the two-year-old stunned punters with the second-highest SP in racing history.

5 The winner of X Factor or a publicised charity song usually earns punters a small return in the ante-post market for Christmas number one. This year music insiders snapped up as big as 40-1 about Clean Bandit, who hung on to number one through the whole of December.

It was a two-runner race but the opinion polls completely misread the electorate in the run-up to the EU referendum
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