The bookies got the lot in the third at Geelong on Sunday after despised outsider Broughty Ferry came with a powerful late surge to lob at the cricket-score odds of $401 (flat deck, impotent pace attack-type of cricket score).
Prepared by trainer Grant Walker at Mornington, the five-year-old mare – whose previous track exploits consisted of five unplaced runs from five career starts – contradicted the form guide to claim the 1107m maiden for jockey Jack Martin in comfortable style.
Broughty Ferry returned a closing price of $401 on TAB fixed odds – which paled in comparison to the Betfair starting price of $864.48 – with a top tote of $173.10 in Victoria. Corporate bookmakers had similarly dismissed the mare’s chances, with Sportsbet offering $301 as the field were sent on their way by a starter that was unfortunately not Mr Rex Kelly (such hijinks would surely not have taken place on Mr Kelly's disciplined watch).
With an official starting price of $201, Broughty Ferry is one of the longer-priced thoroughbred winners in recent memory.
Pablo’s Pulse (1987 Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm) and Antelle (Canterbury, 1982) share top-billing as the two longest-priced winners in Australian racing history, with both gallopers greeting the judge at quotes of 500-1.