Hands up who picked the 33-1 Grand National winner Rule the World?
Fair play, a few of you did. And we bet you had a jolly old celebration on Saturday night too.
But while you lot were patting yourselves on the back for choosing a mega-priced winner, another Marathonbet customer who DIDN’T back Rule the World was also grinning like a Cheshire cat.
The 37-year-old Londoner stuck a brave £40 each-way on even bigger outsider VICS CANVAS at a huge 100/1. And despite the 13-year-old veteran blundering his way through the opening couple of fences at the grueling Aintree track – including nearly unseating jockey Robert Dunne early on – the brave horse managed to grab third place. It had every chance of winning but was ultimately headed on the run-in.
Amazing TV footage captured the moment horse and rider nearly came a cropper during the frantic race. And although our man in the capital could only manage third place, Marathonbet paid up to 5 places at 1/4 of the odds and he took home more than £1,000. Result.
The feat is even more remarkable considering Vics Canvas had won just five races from 32 starts in his long career. His last win came way back in November 2014.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the horse’s brilliant recovery – and the jockey’s expert riding skills.
Dermot McLoughlin on 100-1 third Vics Canvas: “It was unbelievable how Robbie (Dunne) came back from that mistake at Becher’s.”
— Racing Plus (@RacingPlusPaper) April 9, 2016
— Paul Struthers (@paulmstruthers) April 11, 2016
How did Vics Canvas come third?!?!?! Absolutely superb effort after that blunder, tremendous
— Max Banner (@maxbanner17) April 9, 2016
— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) April 9, 2016
Great race, what an amazing run from Vics Canvas. I have not got any clue how Robbie Dunne stayed up at Bechers
— Calum Madell (@calummadell) April 9, 2016