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1/25 Doom Ties for Shortest Beaten Fave in U.K. History

The aptly named Doom entered the history books by equaling the all-time record of a shortest-priced loser in Britain when she lost out at 1-25 in a match race against Karmology at Ripon.

Doom was viewed as a certainty having gone within a head of future Oaks (G1) winner Soul Sister  in  a Doncaster maiden last October, while her comeback second at Newmarket last month was similarly packed full of promise. But James Wigan’s exceptionally bred daughter of Dubawi , who is out of Breeders’ Cup-winning mare Dank , was subject to a major upset by an unraced runner, who was only entered by trainer Karl Burke because the track was close to home.

The William Haggas-trained Doom set out to make all under Tom Marquand and looked poised to win easily before Pierre-Louis Jamin reached for the whip and pushed along the 9-1 outsider. The newcomer rallied in the final half furlong to sprint ahead approaching the line.

Doom’s losing price of 1-25 was the same as Royal Forest’s at Ascot in 1948. Doom traded at a low of 1.01 on the Betfair Exchange, with £11,000 matched at the basement odds, while £407,000 of the £451,000 matched on the race was on the favorite.

Winning trainer Burke told Sky Sports Racing: “There were nine entries and I was following it on Sunday morning. I saw William had declared and I assumed all the other Newmarket trainers must’ve just had a late night.”

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