The Steven Bradbury of Racehorses: Foinavon

The 121st renewal of the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in 1967 saw one of the most famous pile ups of all time. Almost every single runner in the race was impacted by the pile up in the later stages of the race, except for one horse.

Foinavon, ridden by the recently deceased jockey Johnny Buckingham, had tailed off from the field when the pile up occurred. The rank outsider who was paying $444-1 on the tote and $100+ fixed odds on course had settled 100 metres behind the field at this point and was plodding along like a good stayer does.

Having put a solid 50+ metres on the field, Johnny Buckingham rode Foinavon expertly to the line holding at least 10 metres on the next best chaser in the race to record one of the biggest upsets in the history of horse racing. Foinavon is the longest priced winner of the Grand National in televised times.

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