When it comes to horse racing, there are few things more exciting that watching a runner come out from nowhere and cinch the win. This captivating sport has given fans many unexpected surprises over the years and with so many races around the world, fans are treated to a number of incredible races year-round. With the sports history packed with exhilarating finishes, these are just a few of the most unbelievable wins in horse racing where fans, bookies from Timeform and commentators alike were left shocked.
Lonhro wins the 2004 Australian Cup
Lonhro enjoyed many brilliant wins throughout his career but most would agree that it was the 2004 Australian Cup win that really was incredible. Lonhro was favoured going into the race before getting boxed in at the turn, then checked and checked once more, leading to a write off for any other horse in that situation. But with support of the crowd and the determination of a champion, Lonhro dug deep to bring fans one of the most spectacular comeback finishes in racing history.
American Pharaoh at the Belmont Stakes
After a 37-year period, American Pharaoh broke the Triple Crown dry spell with what is the second fastest time at the Belmont Stakes at 2:26:65. The start of this race was less than ideal for the winner, but he quickly forced his way to the front and ultimately won by an impressive five and a half lengths. But what makes this win so unbelievable was that American Pharaoh achieved a Triple Crown victory at a time when no-one believed it could be done again, providing yet more surprises from the Belmont winner.
Red Rum at the Grand National
This result is already in the record books and even people who aren’t fans of the sport will know Red Rum’s name, but it’s still worth noting as one of the most incredible wins in horse racing. Crisp had an astonishing front-running performance under top weight, leaping to a huge lead and 20 lengths clear of Red Rum. But at the penultimate fence, Crisp ran out of steam and was reeled in just before the winning post by Red Rum who won the first of his three Nationals by a staggering three-quarters of a length.
Woorim wins the Oakleigh Plate
When Woorim won the Oakleigh Plate, it left a lot of people wondering how exactly it was achieved. A massive field of 18 ran the 2012 Group One event and Woorim had a poor start, leaving him with a lot of work to do in the race to make up ground. Damian Brown took Woorim to the outside, despite him not responding, and what followed was legendary. As the final stages of the race were approaching, the commentator didn’t even mention Woorim until the post emerged – proving just how shocking this win really was. The Oakleigh Plate has had a number of shocking finishes, but none match the Woorim win that remains one of the greatest finishes the race’s history has ever seen.