Broadspear Fails to Win Despite Being 1/16 Favourite

Chepstow Racecourse

Chepstow Racecourse

Priced at 1/16, it’s clear that everyone thought Broadspear had this one in the bag.

It was the 31st of August 2022, and Broadspear was one of 6 runners taking part in the Lady Tracey Novice Stakes at Chepstow.

After placing in four of his first five starts, the expectation was for young Broadspear to dominate, picking up his first career win and setting him up for further success going forward.

That’s not quite how things turned out though.

The market had correctly predicted that Broadspear would race well, and indeed, the horse pulled almost 10 lengths clear of the next closest runner, the only problem was that there was another horse just in front of him.

With a furlong to go, Painless Potter (at 11/2) managed to edge ahead of Broadspear on the outside, eventually finishing half a length in front of him, making Broadspear one of the shortest priced losers in recent history.

To add insult to injury, it was Painless Potter’s first career win too, and his trainer, Shaun Lycett, said:

“I thought it looked a weak race. I know there was a long odds-on shot but I didn’t fancy him at all, I’m not sure he knows how to win yet.”

Talk about rubbing salt into the wound.

Broadspear only raced twice more, although his last race at Windsor in October 2022 did result in his first career win, the one that was expected at Chepstow.