Anyone with even a sliver of interest in racing knows that all roads lead to Cheltenham – well, unless you’re Paddy, who finds they all lead to the pub, and then Cheltenham.
Each year, punters pick out their can’t-lose NAPs for the festival and stick them in a juicy priced acca – and they go and lose because there’s always one to let you down.
Unless you’re this very sharp Dublin-based selector from 2019, that is, who put his five best bets together for the Prestbury Park palaver and saw them all click for a colossal win of over £85,000!
Spread over all four days of the festival, our perspicacious putting pal started on the first afternoon with Klassical Dream in the very first race, the Supreme Novices Hurdle – talk about starting off on the right note. The 6/1 winner made light of the drizzle-soaked ground to power up Cheltenham’s famous hill to glory under our very own Ruby Walsh.
But that was just the start, as Duc Des Genievres (13/2) went and won by a stonking 13 lengths in the second race of the day too – making it a pair of Willie Mullins winners as well as a promising double up for our hall of fame inductee.
The next runner in this bold blitz came in day two’s first race, as City Island and Mark Walsh gave trainer Martin Brassil his first-ever winner at the festival in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. His 9/1 return would’ve meant these three winners alone had cumulative odds of 471/1 – you’d think a punter might be happy with that.
But there were still two more winners to come.
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First up, it was Band of Outlaws at 5/1 in the Juvenile Hanidcap Hurdle, breaking another festival duck, that of Joseph O’Brien, with a powerful performance, before an interminable wait of two days for the pinnacle of the meeting’s card, the Gold Cup.
And it was another Mullins runner, mounted by Paul Townend, who did the business this time around at a pleasant price of 14/1. Al Boum Photo gave Willie his first-ever Gold Cup win and lifted this winning bet to almost interstellar heights with total odds of 42,525/1. A €2 stake returned a stunning €85,050 reward.
And a place in Paddy’s Hall of Fame, of course.
That’s quite select company you’re keeping.