Today celebrates 20 years since Frankie Dettori stunned the racing world by winning seven winners from seven rides at Ascot, with cumulative odds of 25,051/1.
This feat took the already popular Dettori to another level with racing and sporting fans as well as leaving the bookmakers in tatters – costing them millions.
We have looked at five other occasions where a sporting triumph has conquered the bookmakers.
Leicester City winning the Premier League (Sunday 15thMay 2016) – 5000-1
The sporting story of a generation – Leicester City were tipped for Premier League relegation before a ball was kicked in the 2015/16 season but new manager Claudio Ranieri built a team spirit which proved too much for the big spending clubs and the Foxes stormed to success.
Ben Curtis wins The Open (Sunday 20thJuly 2003) – 300-1
A first appearance in a major tournament after just two years as a professional golfer, American Ben Curtis shot to stardom at Royal St George’s in 2003 by winning The Open. A 300/1 outsider before the week, Curtis went into the final round two strokes behind leader Thomas Bjorn and a -1 par final 18 saw him lift the Claret Jug.
Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson in Tokyo 1990 (Sunday 11thFebruary 1990) – 42-1
The undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, was shocked in Japan in 1990 as 42/1 outsider Buster Douglas knocked him out in round 10. In a two-horse race, 42/1 appears to be huge odds and that shows just how fearsome Tyson was. However, Douglas, who had previously been knocked out himself in a world title fight, stunned the champ to cause one of the sport’s biggest ever shocks.
Greece winning Euro 2004 (Sunday 4thJune 2004) – 150-1
International football is often dominated by the powerhouses and nobody saw what was to come at Euro 2004 in Portugal. Greece had never won a major tournament, and haven’t since, and when they were drawn in a group alongside Spain, Russia and Portugal, many tipped them to finish bottom. However, the underdogs sneaked into second spot on goals scored, eliminating Spain, and changed their tactics to be ultra-defensive. Three 1-0 wins later and the 150/1 pre-tournament bet were lifting the trophy.
Grand National winner Mon Mome (Saturday 4thApril 2009) - 100-1
The Grand National is always an open race, but a 100/1 winner is still a major upset. Mon Mome had only won once in his last 18 races and wasn’t expected to make much impact on the Aintree highlight. However, the sensational 12-length success sent shockwaves around the racing world and trainer Venetia Williams still claims this to be the best day of her career.