LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Nando Parrado became the longest priced winner in the history of Royal Ascot on Saturday when he won the Coventry Stakes at 150/1.
The Clive Cox-trained winner — named after one of the survivors of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes that was the subject of a best-selling book and subsequent film — powered home under Adam Kirby.
Cox said he had persuaded the owners Marie and Paul McCartan to run him after they had doubts earlier in the week.
“Not a shock at all!” said Cox. “He is a lovely horse. I did back him!
“So we are very happy… I don’t know what price I got yet.
“When I saw the price, it was a little bit of an insult to our thoughts on him, so I am delighted.”
Kirby, who teamed up with Cox to win the Group One Commonwealth Cup on Friday, said he too thought the price was crazy.
“Nando Parrado has a very good trainer,” said Kirby.
“We (Cox and him) have fired a lot of live bullets in the race and I am very pleased to have the race won now.
“It is no fluke he won today on the front end and toughed it out, I am pleased for him.”