Champion jockey Oisin Murphy pulled off a sensational ride to get a horse from last to first at Newcastle.
From the start, Murphy appeared to have little chance on Confrontational, a runner in the Equine Products In Newmarket @ Horse Requisites Handicap (8.55) on Tuesday.
The popular 3-1 shot with punters was carried left early and found himself in the rear of the 11-strong field.
Murphy, champion rider for the past two seasons, had to encourage the Jennie Candlish-trained gelding, as he was not travelling too well.
Over the six furlong trip, time was running out for Confrontational to make his challenge, but once switched to the inside rail, the son of Footstepsinthesand really started to find his stride.
Fortunately the leaders had set a strong pace, so Murphy's mount began to pass some tiring rivals.
At the furlong pole, Confrontational had plenty to overtake, however he continued to charge towards the front and in the end, gained a length-and-a-quarter success.
Racegoers, who only returned to tracks from May 17, were delighted and cheers could be heard on the race footage.
A clip of it posted on social media has been viewed over 37,000 times – and fans who backed Confrontational were delighted with the unexpected outcome.
One said: "Class. Looked a beaten docket 2 furlongs out. Class is permenent whoosh."
A second supporter wrote: "Oisin at his best that’s why we love him."
A third added: "Unbelievable ride @oismurphy love to see it!"
Earlier on Tuesday, £570,000 purchase Classic Getaway was unleashed by top trainer Willie Mullins at Tipperary.
Jointly the most expensive point-to-pointer sold at public auction with a horse named Jonbon, it is hoped the the five-year-old will run at the Cheltenham Festival in time.
Classic Getaway won by 15 lengths as the 2-7 favourite, having previously taken a point at Borris House racecourse in Ireland last November.
Bookies make him 8-1 favourite for next season's Champion Bumper, but jockey Patrick Mullins dashed hopes afterwards – as he suggested the five-year-old may be switched to hurdles.
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