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Five 50/1 Shots That Defied The Odds – Can Ireland Win The Eurovision?

Ireland’s odds to win the Eurovision Song Contest have been slashed drastically from 150/1 to 50/1 after Ryan O’Shaughnessy defied his 4/1 odds to qualify and booked Ireland a spot in Saturday’s Grand Finale for the first time in FIVE years.

We have taken a look back to see what other 50/1 outsiders defied the odds…

Austria
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Austria won the Eurovision in 2014 having been installed as 50/1 shots initially. It didn’t take long however for punters to get behind Conchita Wurst and ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ with Austria seeing heavy support following their semi-final performance which saw their price tumble. Austria went on to win with a total of 290 points; the Netherlands came second with 238 points.

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Donald Trump’s 2017 US Presidential win shocked everyone. We were hit with a large payout on the New York Businessman after punters latched onto opening 50/1odds for him to do the unthinkable and actually be elected as President of the United States. It happened and we are still feeling the sting.

Patrick Reed
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Patrick Reed is the current Masters champion and was awarded the Green Jacket after defying his 50/1 odds. Reed was initially a 66/1 shot, but won the tournament at odds of 50/1. It was his first major title and finished just one stroke (-15) ahead of runner-up Ricky Fowler (-14).

Ellie Mac
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Ellie Mac was the 2017 winner of the Horse & Jockey Hotel Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day 2017. Not only was the Henry De Bromhead-trained Ellie Mac a deserving 50/1 winner, claiming a 2 ½ length victory, members of winning club are family and friends of the late Nick Schuster, who was tragically killed in Berkeley disaster.

Mine That Bird
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Mine That Bird was the 50/1 longshot who won the Kentucky Derby in Louisville in 2009. Not only did Mine The Bird cause upset for bookmakers, the Bennie L. “Chip” Woolley Jr-trained then 3-year-old became one of nine geldings to win the Kentucky Derby and was the second gelding to win the race since 1929.




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