There is nothing more exciting than a horse storming home from the tail of the field to claim victory and that is exactly what we were treated to at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Chautauqua produced one of the most spectacular performances in racing history to win the T.J. Smith Stakes and added another astonishing victory to his outstanding racing resume.
The Big Grey is not the only horse that has pulled off one of these incredible wins and we have put together this list of the most amazing come from behind racing wins.
10. Gust Of Wind – Scone Maiden
This is one of the most visually impressive wins on this list, but it marked down due to the fact that it was in a maiden at Scone.
Gust Of Wind lost contact with the rest of this field, but just kept on finding the line and could hardly have been more impressive in the final stages of the race.
She went on to win the Australian Oaks later that preparation and she remains the last horse to beat the champion mare Winx.
9. Pakistan Star – Racing Goes On Plate
Pakistan Star stamped himself as a cult figure in global racing with his most impressive victory on debut in Hong Kong.
Pakistan Star was not in the screen for the majority of this race, but showed a simply incredible turn-of-foot to storm past his rivals and stamp himself as a horse to follow.
The Shamardal gelding is yet to record a Group 1 win, but he finished second behind the talented Rapper Dragon in both the Hong Kong Classic Cup and the Hong Kong Derby.
8. Chautauqua – 2015 TJ Smith Stakes
Chautauqua’s first victory in the TJ Smith Stakes came in 2015 and incredibly it is the least impressive of his three wins in the race.
Lord Of The Sky looked as though he was going to claim a maiden Group 1 victory when he kicked away from Terravista, but Chautauqua kept finding the line to record a Group 1 win of his own.
7. Littorio – 2011 Makybe Diva Stakes
Littorio made a habit of these come from behind wins, but his victory in the 2011 Makybe Diva Stakes was definitely his most impressive.
He had not been seen at the races for almost 18 months and he was out of the picture at the 250 metre mark, but he swamped his rivals late to win what ended up being his final race start.
6. Kiwi – 1983 Melbourne Cup
We have seen any spectacular wins in the Melbourne Cup, but the victory of Kiwi in 1983 may be the most impressive of the bunch.
Jim Cassidy went into the Melbourne Cup full of confidence and he went into the race with the plan to ride Kiwi as cold as possible.
It ended up being a winning plan – Cassidy timed his run to perfection and Kiwi swamped them to claim the victory that put Cassidy on the map.
5. Chautauqua – 2016 TJ Smith Stakes
The same three horses ran the trifecta in both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the TJ Smith Stakes and there were plenty of similarities between both races.
Chautauqua was last and 12 lengths off the leaders at the top of the straight and was still last at the 250 metre mark, but he stormed down the outside of the field to claim what was – at the time – the most impressive win of his racing career to date.
4. Chautauqua – 2016 Chairman’s Sprint
You know that a win is impressive when the horse isn’t in the frame for the majority of the race.
Chautauqua was last the whole way in the 2016 Chairman’s Sprint in Hong Kong and coming into the straight he was not even in the frame.
Chautauqua appeared on camera at the 150 metre mark and it was clear that he was flying, with the ‘Thunder From Down Under’ scorching past his rivals to claim his first international Group 1 victory.
3. Woorim – 2011 Oakleigh Plate
The history of the Oakleigh Plate is packed full of exciting finishes and this may be the most exciting of the lot.
Woorim was last with 150 metres left to run in the 2011 edition of the Oakleigh Plate and he wasn’t even noticed by caller Greg Miles, but was able to pick up the entire field in only a few bounds to score a truly remarkable victory.
2. Winx – 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas
One of the most impressive winning streaks in the history of racing started in the Sunshine Coast Guineas.
Winx went into the Sunshine Coast Guineas as a clear favourite, but she looked no chance whatsoever when she was still several lengths behind the leaders at the 150 metre mark.
That is when her freaking qualities kicked in and she produced a stunning closing sectional to start a winning streak that looks set to continue in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes this weekend.
1. Chautauqua – 2017 TJ Smith Stakes
We may never see another win like this one.
Chautauqua had not recorded a race win since he won the 2016 edition of the TJ Smith Stakes and the majority of punters were keen to write off the great sprinter ahead of the Group 1 event.
He took up his trademark position at the tail of the field and he looked no chance whatsoever when he had made up no ground at the 200 metre mark.
Tommy Berry eventually got Chautauqua into clear running and he looked as though he was going to run on for a credible third, but he just kept on finding and picked up English and Fell Swoop to record a truly remarkable win.