This week is one of our favourites in the calendar year. We’ve got the European Championships in the football, test rugby, the US Open golf and of course, Royal Ascot. There’s a bit of cricket and darts as well, but none of us really care about that.
We had out suit pressed and our ties prepared. Paddy Power were all set to enjoy the week of racing at the famous course. A bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirits at all, because we were full of other spirits. But Paddy was absolutely stunned by a bolt from the blue yesterday, as an Irish punter managed to sting us for almost €70,000 on a fantastic Friday. For the second time in two days, he was paying out big time.
Putting his hopes on five horses, the Tallaght based customer’s 50c e/w stake would turn into a very Lucky 31. Sword Fighters’ victory in the Queen’s Vase brought up a win of €69,128.76.
The Dubliner had originally backed five horses, but when one of them lost, it looked like he was going to miss out on a massive win. But he was rewarded thanks to Paddy’s Guaranteed Price Offer which gave him an extra 16k for his pocket due to just the one leg letting him down.
He started off with the Albany Stakes and Brave Anna won for A P O’Brien at odds of 18/1. Next came Across the Stars in the King Edward Stakes half an hour later at odds of 12/1. Kinema burst clear in the final furlong of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at a price of 12/1, before Sword Fighter’s victory at 25/1 (with an SP of 33/1) rounded off a fantastic day for the Dubliner. Having been a PP customer since 2003, we were not only in awe of the punter’s win, but it made us feel a little gooey inside as well. The kind of feeling you get watching a star player flop against your team, or when you read that Roy Hodgson’s changed formation.
- This heroic customer became the latest entrant into our Punting Hall of Fame. Fancy a spot in there? Our full range of betting odds are right here