It seems such a long time ago now.
Football, racing, GAA were all going about their business without a care in the world and sports fans were lapping it up.
In fact, the only people who weren’t too happy on a sunny Sunday last September were the Paddy Power Traders, as news of a low-stake high-return acca drifted through the building.
By close of business, one lucky racing punter from Northumberland in the UK was about to realise a near £80k payday off a £2 stake.
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.