Australian Guineas winner Lunar Fox will be offered a ticket into the All-Star Mile after winning Saturday’s feature event as the rank outsider at 300-to-1.
Not since the Caulfield Guineas of 1986, when Abaridy crashed the party at 251-1, has a horse ranked such an outsider claimed a time-honoured race like Saturday’s Australian Guineas.
Given no chance by punters after finishing 12th of 14 in the CS Hayes Stakes, the Paul Preusker-trained son of Foxwedge found wings with the addition of blinkers, climbing over favourite Tagaloa in the dying stages of the race to give jockey Michael Dee a fifth group 1 victory.
Dee said: “I can’t believe it. It hasn’t sunk in. To be honest, I didn’t give him much hope. No one else really did either.
“It’s obviously a massive thrill and I can’t believe it has just happened.”
There have been eight 100-1 winners in Australian Group 1s since 2007, topped most famously by Michelle Payne’s shock Melbourne Cup success on Prince Of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.