It was a Super Sunday for sports fans no matter what your chosen code yesterday as Arsenal saved face in the North London Derby and Kerry showed the Dubs that the drive-for-five might have to pull into a lay-by for a bit.
But far away from the white heat of a Premier League smash-up and the All-Ireland final, one cunning racing punter from Northumberland in the UK – not to mention the bean counters at Power Tower – had their own high-octane occasion to deal with as a £1e/w Sunday acca on the horses was rapidly turning into a near £80k payday.
Tony Carroll’s Urban Highway (7/2) started the onslaught when winning the 2pm at Brighton and was quickly followed by three winners on the bounce from Cork’s Flat meeting as Passion (6/1), Nurse Barbara (7/1) (*10/1 taken) and Romantic Proposal (11/2) all hit the target in rapid succession.
Add to the mix Hot Ryan (7/2) (*5/1 taken) , a convincing winner over jumps in the 3.40pm at Worcester, and suddenly our intrepid punter is five winners into a six-fold where everything rests on Harlequin Rose getting her nose in front in the 4pm at Brighton.
A feature of these bets is that they’re usually very hard-won, in that you need the bob of head in a photo-finish or the favourite falling at the last to land them. However, the race report reads that Harlequin Rose (11/2) ‘put this to bed in ready fashion and doubled her tally for the season’.
That’s exactly as it should be when you’re waiting on your sixth winner in two hours for a sweet £80k. Clear a space Paddy – another Punting Hall of Famer is about to walk through that door.