After 55 consecutive defeats to start his career, L'Es Fremantle, a 7-year-old jumps runner in Great Britain, came swooping at 80-1 to cross the wire first at Market Rasen Thursday.
The victory was also the first win for 80-year-old trainer Michael Chapman in two years. During in-running exchange wagering, L'Es Fremantle traded at a peak of 450-1 at Market Rasen, which is where the horse is trained.
“He jumped brilliantly and coming to the last I thought he was going to be a fine third, then he sprinted like a gazelle at the end,” Chapman told the Racing Post.
“We're over the moon as he only cost £600 and my wife Mary owns him. He likes it here; he was third at 100-1 back in June. He's a poor traveller but he only has to cross the road, so he doesn't have time to get a sweat on.”
Stewards did question the horse's improved form and had him routinely tested. The trainer reiterated that L'Es Fremantle enjoys Market Rasen.
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