BERTILATETHANNEVER (stable name Pug) almost became the biggest EVER priced winner of a flat race when having made all the running in a 6 furlong Novice event at Newcastle on 24th July he was collered in the final furlong finishing a close up third behind two highly rated rivals. Ridden with great dash by former jump jockey Paddy Aspell, the gelded son of Bertolini (pictured about leading the eventual winner & second) looked the winner 2 furlongs from home before tiring in the closing stages. 

He was sent off at odds of 250/1 in the 7 runner field & only 5 horses have ever won a flat race in this country at odds of more than 100/1. The biggest ever flat success (odds wise) belongs to Dandy Flame, a winner at 200/1 at Wolverhampton just two years ago almost to the day. Just for the record there has been a 250/1 payout before but that was over jumps when Equinoctial scored on 21st November, 1990 at Kelso.

Although narrowly denied on this occasion, Pug was having only his third start in a race & his turn should not be far away although this eye catching performance will not have gone unnoticed by the handicapper!!


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