Lucky punters win £173,000 after putting tiny sums on 1,000-1 no-hoper

Lucky horse racing punters won a huge £173,000 after backing a 1,000-1 no-hoper.

Johnnys Girl surprised fans as she stormed through the field to win at Limerick on Tuesday in what was her first victory in almost three years.

The eight-year-old attracted some interest from punters just before the start of the race, which saw her odds fall from 33-1 to just 11-1.

Her mid-race jobs fell to a massive 1,000-1 as she fell off the pace with £173 put on her with Betfair, meaning the bookies had to pay out an eye-watering £173,000 for the winning tickets.

The 3-1 favourite Kristian Goingwel looked to be cruising to victory, but Johnnys Girl made up the ground to win by a length and a half.

Trainer Norman Lee said: "It's great to get that winner. She's a grand mare and was well entitled to win off that weight.

"She was running off a mark of 73 and claiming 7lb. I think the race fell apart a bit.

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"I told Gearoid (jockey Gearoid Brouder) to wait and wait on her and the weight might come into calculations on this ground. He gave a great ride.

"She loves the soft ground. She’s a slow type of mare but slow horses win races in the right conditions.”

It was Johnnys Girl's first win since February 2018.

Earlier this year, 300-1 shot He Knows No Fear became the biggest-priced winner in British and Irish racing history when he won at Leopardstown, near Dublin, breaking a long-standing record that had stood since 1990.

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