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1/25 Beaten Favourite. Ridden by 'Aussie' Tom Marquand

East Coast Racing

The Sun's Sam Morgan reports;

PUNTERS were left in total disbelief - and more than a little out of pocket - as a two-horse Ripon race threw up the shock of the century.

The appropriately-named Doom equalled the record for the shortest-price loser in British racing history after being turned over at 1-25.

Tom Marquand, who just yesterday celebrated his 1,000th winner, was overtaken with a furlong to go by 9-1 Karmology.

In losing, Doom became the shortest-price horse to be defeated since 1948 - some 75 years ago.

The totally unexpected result was a massive blow to favourite backers, who saw £11,000 go up in flames at the lowest odds of 1.01 on the Betfair Exchange.

Some £407,000 of the £451,000 matched on the 4.20 was on the jolly.

One person who didn't have his fingers burned was winning jockey Pierre-Louis Jamin.

He told Sky Sports Racing afterwards: "She's always done what we have asked of her, she had every chance.

"The plan was to follow the favourite home but she showed she can win!"

Trainer Karl Burke added: "She's a nice filly but a work in progress.

"I had only entered her for the race because it's on our doorstep! I said, 'look, let's give her a nice race and an education'.

"There were nine entries then I couldn't believe it when I saw there were only two runners.

"It worked out really well!"

One punter who backed the winner joked it was like a 'little bit of theft'.

But most were just in shock at seeing a horse beaten at the shortest odds since Royal Forest at Ascot all those years ago.

It was an afternoon to forget for Doom's trainer William Haggas, who's won more than £3million this season but will do well to live this down.

Triple Dip and Tree Of Liberty shared the dubious honour of being the shortest-priced horses this millennium to be beaten - until Doom came along.

They were turned over at 1-20 odds at Lingfield in 2015 and Ludlow in 2018 respectively.

One punter watching the race said simply: "You couldn't make it up! Absolutely incredible stuff."

While another joked: "Oh Flat racing, how I wish you didn't exist."

And a fellow punter wrote: "I'm lost for words."

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