LUCKY punters were celebrating a massive windfall after a ridiculous 999-1 in-running winner came from miles behind to claim victory.
The Venetia Williams-trained Snuff Box was sent off a 9-2 shot in a 3m 1½f chase at Haydock on Saturday.
Snuff Box nearly fell going over one fence in the race – before somehow winning
The horse was tailed off miles behind before running out a huge 999-1 in-running winner
But the ten-year-old nearly fell two miles in and at one point was so far adrift the camera operator struggled to keep him in shot.
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His odds on the in-running Betfair exchange went to a laughable 999-1 and it looked like backing the horse would be like chucking away money.
But some punters thought he still had a chance and a total of £281 was matched at the crazy odds.
Amazingly, it turned out to be a genius investment as Snuff Box ended up winning by two-and-a-half lengths.
Trainer Williams posted a photo of jockey Charlie Deutsch nearly being unseated over one fence.
Tailed off and seemingly out of it, the horse, who had a recent win at Bangor to his credit, was miles behind going round the home bend.
But he still somehow had petrol left in the tank – despite being fifth at the final jump.
Snuff Box cleared the last well and absolutely motored home to leave his rivals stunned.
But his jumping before that had been so awful that Deutsch was thinking of pulling him up.
The jockey told the Racing Post: “I did think of pulling up because I thought ‘he’s lost his confidence, he could fall at the next’.
“I knew I had plenty left in the tank but his jumping was so bad.
“I thought I’d just squeeze him along and see where we end up. They stopped up the straight and he’s motored home.
“It was about the third-last I first thought he might win.
“He likes the better ground but he takes time at his fences, he’s not the best jumper when he’s in close. But it worked out in the end.”
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