There’s never much to recommend a dark October day – unless you happened to be playing the ponies of course.
Because just six months ago one cheeky chap or chapette placed a £2 each-way wager on four races to hit the proverbial jackpot at odds of 41,034/1.
And if that wasn’t mind-blowing enough, there was a 66/1 winner among them.
You’re having us on Paddy, we hear you cry. Well friend, we’re not having you on.
And here’s the proof.
Our pal started in the afternoon at Catterick in the heart of North Yorkshire where jockey Andrew Mullan got the four-year-old Sfumato up in a driving finish to win by a neck, at odds of 12/1.
So far, so good – but what was to happen in the next 90 minutes at Newcastle’s all-weather track would land the life-changing punt of the ages – and in no little style.
First up was the 16/1 shot, Consequences in the 7.15pm, another narrow-margin winner to keep the bet in play. However the turn of events over the next hour would put our pal front-and-centre of a potentially massive pay-out, leaving some of the trading team a little red-faced.
The Keith Dalgleish trained Glengarry had been off the track for 14 months before a down-the-field reappearance at Ayr on his first start back a month earlier. An unconsidered 66/1 shot in the morning prices, it somehow made its way into our friend’s accaa – and duly delivered at a more modest 16/1.
It didn’t matter though. Our intrepid punter was on a 66/1 winner and had three winners up with the final leg to come in the lucky last that October’s night.
Now within touching distance of a multiple that most of us can only ever dream about, our pal’s heart-rate must have been racing faster than Burford Brown @ 9/2 as Hugo Palmer’s runner hit the front at the furlong pole, before going on to win and land a monster £164,141 pay-out in the process.
Congratulations pal. Your seat at the top table in Paddy’s Punting Hall of Fame is well and truly reserved.