Horse Racing: Punter turns £4 into £164,141 to enter Paddy Power’s Hall of Fame

The stake was £2 each way and it sure did pay.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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