If you didn’t notice over the weekend (and shame on you if you didn’t), Paddy Power was back in its rightful place as sponsors of the wonderful November meeting at Cheltenham and one of our crafty customers took full advantage.
Friday the 13th may be one of the unluckiest dates on the calendar, but our bean counters were the only ones feeling that way after seeing £2,208 disappear out the door off just a 2p Lucky 63.
Yep, you read the above right! Our winner – who hails from just north of Lancaster – plundered over £2,000 off us from a total cost of £1.26 after selecting a horse in all six races at Cheltenham last Friday. Like all big-odds punts, our victor needed some luck along the way. But, the bonkers bet really needs to be seen to be believed as it featured two massive outside winners. Let’s tell you how it came in:
* A Lucky 63 is similar to a Heinz but also has singles. It consists of sixty-three bets on six selections in different events i.e. 6 singles, 15 Doubles, 20 Trebles, 15 Fourfold Accumulators, 6 Fivefold Accumulators, and 1 Sixfold Accumulators. One or more selection must be successful to have a return. A €1/£1 Lucky 63 costs €63/£63.
Things got off to a shaky start for our punter in the 13:15, where Neil Mulholland’s TANGO BOY was the selection. Unfortunately, the gelding just couldn’t find the stamina to challenge in the closing stages and tailed off to a fifth-place finish behind the winner Castle Robin. But, thanks to the nature of a Lucky 63, our winner still had a multitude of bets to fall back on and things were just about to turn around spectacularly.
The first bit of loot landed in the 13:50 as MAGIC SAINT (100/30) took the Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase for trainer Paul Nicholls. He took the lead two flights out under a quality ride from Bryan Craver to score by 2-and-a-quarter lengths from Fanion D’Estruval, and that win started a magnificent roll on the winning betslip.
That result was swiftly followed by short-priced favourite PROTEKTORAT (6/5) doing the business in the 14:25 with ease. Dan Skelton’s gelding just battered the field and finished 17 lengths ahead of Southfield Stone in second.
It was in the following race where our victor made the call of the day though, after selecting KINGSWELL THEATRE to be first past the post at pre-race odds of 50/1 in the Cross Country Handicap Chase at 15:00. Tom Scudamore did a fantastic job in the saddle as he kept on strongly to beat heavy favourite Easysland and back-to-back Grand National winner Tiger Roll. The win was even more remarkable when as the vet reported the horse had lost his right-hind shoe during the race.
Next on the hitlist, our punter was hunting a victory for the Kim Bailey-trained DOES HE KNOW (11/8) in the 15:35. He made no mistake to make it four wins in four races, taking the led before the last to get home by three lengths from Wild Romance in second.
Our pal was now on a roll with four straight winners – but he was saving the best until last.
Another big-odds outsider LIVELY CITIZEN closed the show in the lucky last as he galloped home at 33/1. The DJ Jeffreys gelding was made fight for it as he battled with One True King all the way to the winning post, but Lively Citizen managed to just get his head in front to send our customer into dreamland.
With that result, it was time to collect the cash as a tidy return of £2,208 was secured from a stake costing just £1.26 in total. Forget it being a freaky Friday, it was more like an unforgettable Friday for our victor. Enjoy the winnings and welcome to our Punting Hall of Fame!
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