Shock 100/1 winner Muroor gives trainer first success for 579 days

Patience paid off for trainer Victor Thompson as 100/1 shot Muroor became his first winner for 579 days.

The rank outsider prevailed by half-a-length in Sedgefield's Alrose Productions For Your Event Production Handicap Chase.

In rear early, the visored seven-year-old was niggled along at an early stage in the 2m 3f contest, but started to find his stride heading out onto the final circuit.

Jockey Shane Quinlan acted quickly to avoid a faller at the second fence in the back straight as veteran Reverse The Charge set the pace.

Having his first run for 245 days in the trainer's colours, Muroor came off the bridle again turning for home, yet Quinlan was able to coax the Irish recruit into contention.

On the outside of 6/4 favourite Cash Again, the winner took advantage of that rival's mistake at the final fence to stay on pluckily ahead of the rallying Grand Coureur.

Northumberland-based Thompson's last triumph before this afternoon was with 13-year-old Dunhallowcountry, who struck in a Newcastle handicap chase on April 6, 2019.

In August, He Knows No Fear became the longest-priced winner in horse racing history at odds of 300-1.

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