We all have our favourites. From Spotify playlists to videos of cats falling off sofas – not to mention ‘go to’ excuses for being late for work on a Monday morning.
But favourites can sometimes let you down. Or so we thought until stumbling across this very lucky – or you could argue very shrewd – racing punter from Lancashire.
This intrepid chap or chapette put all their racing eggs in the favourites’ basket last Friday and hit the jackpot with 10, yes 10, winning favourites to nab a cool £7,202.00 off a £1 stake.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing.
Our pal’s first selection, Badri (9/4 fav) needed a photo-finish at Lingfield 3.10pm to go his way in the first leg of the 10-fold acca, to ensure the other nine legs stayed in play.
Luckily it did and with three more quick-fire winners within the hour including, Senior Citizen (13/8f) at Fakenham 3.20pm, Makram (6/4) at Lingfield 3.40pm and Battle of Marathon (1/1f) at Lingfield 4.10pm, we were starting to go places.
And while the more eagle-eyed among you will spot that Makram was leap-frogged as favourite just as the race was ‘off’ – he was the early-morning market leader when the winning wager was struck. So, we’re counting it.
That’s four winners from 10 in the bag as we headed to Friday evening’s meeting at Southwell.
What happened next isn’t what you might call an everyday occurrence in the Sport of Kings.
There were seven winning favourites at Southwell’s all-weather meeting that night and our intrepid punter was on four of them.
The bet kept rolling with Three C’s (15/8f) at 5.10pm, Rodin (4/6f) at 6.15pm & Sandridge Lad (8/11f) in the 6.45pm, before Love Your Work (8/11f) at 7.45pm, brought up four winners from four selections at the Nottinghamshire track.
It was now eight from eight and things were getting serious.
When China’s Storm (13/8f) in the 7pm at Dundalk rowed in with victory, it meant our pal was on the right side of a third photo-finish that day.
Crucially though, it was nine winners from nine picks with the final selection to come in the 8pm at Ireland’s only all-weather track and when the 6/4 favourite Adnap eventually got the gaps and powered home in the last leg of the 10-fold punt – it was job done.
So from 10 selections, there were 10 winning favourites and a place in Paddy Power’s legendary Punting Hall of Fame. Huzzah!