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200/1 shot Lights of Broadway upsets the odds at Taunton

Jo Hughes’ mare pulled off a huge shock yesterday to become the biggest-priced winner since October 2010.

Lights of Broadway, ridden by Mark Grant, jump the last on their way to victory yesterday.
Lights of Broadway, ridden by Mark Grant, jump the last on their way to victory yesterday.
Image: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A SURPRISE WINNER at odds of 200/1 stole the show during racing at Taunton yesterday.

Lights of Broadway, trained by Jo Hughes and ridden by Mark Grant, shocked punters when she pulled off a stunning upset to win the EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle by three-quarters of a length.

The mare, who finished a massive 83 lengths behind the winner on her most recent outing in December, pushed on to win when on-course favourite Night Rose fell two fences from home. Two other outsiders, Wishes And Stars (50/1) and Fortuna Rose (33/1), rounded out the places.

Gambling firm Ladbrokes told the Mirror that a £5 each-way bet had been placed with them, netting one lucky punter a cool £1250.

The shock makes Lights of Broadway the biggest-priced winner since Maoi Chinn Tire won at odds of 200/1 at Wetherby in October 2010.

“I’m not a gambler, but I did think she was capable of running well and the better ground and the shorter trip have helped,” a speechless Hughes told the Press Association.

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