It’s been a strange week few days for racing fans.
The giddy highs of the Cheltenham Festival came to an end last Friday and not everyone was on script.
Solo, Delata Work and Free View didn’t do what punters hoped but at least Paddy was front and centre again with his mega Money Back Special after Goshen hit the deck at the last in the Triumph Hurdle with the race at his mercy.
You could have been forgiven for thinking that was the highlight of the week as racing returned to more normal fare and the build up to the Aintree Grand National in little over two weeks’ time.
But one cheeky chappie or chapette in Kent had very different ideas.
Our story begins at Saturday’s Paddy Power-sponsored jumps meeting at Kempton Park over the jumps as our pal places a £1 each-way accumulator on three TV races there and the feature race at Uttoxeter on Midland National day.
The 5/2 favourite McFabulous duly wins the opening leg of the four-horse accumulator to get the punter off to the best possible start. If the other three can all manage to hit the places, we’re looking a decent return for the £2 stake but what happens in the next 55 minutes proved to be an acca for the ages.
The father and son combo of Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies didn’t have the best of Festivals but Our Power soon put a smile on their – and our friend’s face – when winning at 11/1 the next race, before Delire D’Estruval delivered at a whopping 25/1, to set up a cliff-hanging finale for the last leg of the bet.
Midlands National Day is the jewel in the crown of Uttoxter racecourse, a 4m 2f ‘war’ run the day after Cheltenham ends each year. Saturday proved no different as just seven of the 14-strong filed finished the course.
Luckily for our Kent crusader, Truckers Lodge bolted home in glorious isolation by 18 lengths at 6/1 to bring up the fourth and final leg of the bet.
Four picks, four winners and a cool stg £7,707.00 off a £2 stake was winging its way into our friend’s account.
Now that’s how to end Cheltenham week on a high!