Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's famed acumen and self-confidence briefly deserted him when he failed to back his own horse Hear The Echo to win the Irish Grand National at odds of 33-1.
The outsider ridden by Paddy Flood and trained by Michael 'Mouse' Morris easily knocked 6-1 favorite Royal County Star into second place at Ireland's top steeplechase on Monday.
"We had no money on him," The Irish Times newspaper quoted O'Leary as saying.
"I thought he was going out for a run to keep himself warm," said O'Leary . . . .
The multimillionaire chief executive of Europe's biggest low-cost airline said he was "gobsmacked" by the result.
"Two people asked me earlier should they back him and I told them no way," O'Leary was quoted as saying by the Irish Daily Mirror newspaper beneath its front-page headline "O'Deary."
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