The recent return of Jumps racing has our punters like giddy geese, but one of our crafty customers from Gloucestershire had our bean counters in a flap last weekend thanks to one hell of a bet. Our winner somehow managed to correctly call the winner in each of the first SIX races at the Cheltenham meeting last Friday and landed a simply amazing accumulator in the process.
The perfect punt beat off astounding odds of 4,327/1 to come in and give our victor a weekend to remember as it returned an impressive total of £2,165 from just a 50p stake. It all happened in just three hours on Friday and was the sort of bet that racing backers all over the world dream of seeing coming up. Let’s tell you how it came in…
Our winner’s journey to our Punting Hall of Fame started in the 13:50 at the famous track, where the Kim Bailey-trained DOES HE KNOW was the opening selection. Our winner was given the perfect start thanks to an impressive ride from David Bass, as he steered the gelding into position in the final turn and jumped the last in fine style – storming to victory by 4-and-three-quarter lengths from Midnight River in second place.
Next on the betslip our winner was hoping for a win from GALVIN in the 14:25, and Gordon Elliot’s charge duly justified his favourite’s tag by seeing off Soldier Of Love by 7 lengths after being shaken up by experienced handler Robbie Power two from home. Our winner then required a win from Dr Richard Newland’s CAPTAIN TOM CAT in the 15:00 to get halfway home on the beautiful bet. There was no need to worry, as the gelding went clear at the final flight to be comfortably first past the post by 2 lengths.
The fourth to score from our punter was ROUGE VIF, who saw off the challenge of brave outsider Wester Miller in the 15:35 quite easily. Harry Whittington’s runner went clear of the field from two out and flew to the line to finish with a 7-and-a-half lengths advantage.
With just two legs left on the wonderful wager our victor’s hopes rested with a remaining pair of heavy favourites to land the loot. Thankfully, there was no drama as FAIVOIR did our winner a favour in the 16:10, despite a couple of mistakes at the final two obstacles. Finally, that left everything riding on FUSIL RAFFLES in the 16:45.
Nicky Henderson’s gelding eased any nerves in the home turn though, and romped to a 9-and-a-half lengths success with Daryl Jacob in the saddle. With that result the cash was claimed, and we were left counting the cost yet again.
All we can do is tip our cap and say, “what a wager!”
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