Brittain and Tylicki cause 125-1 Yarmouth shock
Wednesday 19 September 2012
By Geoffrey Riddle
Clive Brittain caused a huge upset in the Listed EBF At The Races John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth when Semayyel skipped five lengths clear priced at 125-1.
Group One winner Timepiece was sent off the 4-6 favourite, but she had a terrible passage through the race, with Tom Queally going for an ambitious run up the far rail and having the door shut in his face on several occasions.
Freddie Tylicki had no such problems on Semayyel, making his challenge at the two-furlong pole and sailed away from danger. Fellow outsiders Aniseed (20-1) and Miss Starlight (66-1) filled the places.
Bruce Raymond, representing owner Saeed Manana, said: "It's definitely a surprise but we found she wasn't showing up so well over a shorter distance, so we thought we would try her over longer.
"I was watching the favourite getting tightened up on the fence, but Freddie thought he had a bit in hand."
It was the second time in less than a week that Tylicki has been the scourge of the boomakers.
The double follows the 7435-1 five-timer he rode at Newcastle on Saturday, which was overshadowed by the exploits of Camelot and Encke in the St Leger at Doncaster.
"Plenty of betting shop punters took note, and the alarm bells were set off at Coral HQ when the jockey’s victory on Semayyel at 125-1 was followed by the 33-1 success of Emerald Wilderness," David Stevens of Coral claimed. "That was bad enough, but fortunately for us he couldn’t make it three wins from three rides on Stone Of Folca, and we’ve avoided significant six-figure losses.”
Brittain has a long history of tilting at windmills and occasionally hitting the jackpot.
He saddled Rajeem, also for Manana, to win the Falmouth Stakes at 50-1 in 2006, while Amfortas scooped the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot at 66-1.
Although Nashwan was never going to be stopped in the 1989 Derby, Brittain sent out 500-1 shot Terimon to finish the runner-up.