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Nando Parrado at 150-1 is biggest-priced winner in Royal Ascot history

  • Clive Cox-trained winner springs surprise in Coventry Stakes
  • Winner is the biggest-priced winner ever at Royal Ascot

The final day of a busy and difficult Royal Ascot for punters brought the least expected winner in the event’s long history. Nando Parrado was a decisive winner of the prestigious Coventry Stakes at 150-1 and was well named for overcoming the odds, as the original Nando Parrado was a survivor of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes.

The coronavirus played its part in producing such a turn-up, foreshortening the Flat-racing season so that the Coventry runners had very little experience and punters had had few chances to assess them. Clive Cox, the winning trainer, was clear that he had expected good things from his horse, but had had to persuade his owners, Paul and Marie McCartan, that tackling the Coventry was the right thing to do after an initial flop at Newmarket.

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