Clever cash out sees Irish racing punter grab €62k from just a €2 stake

It’s going to be one hell of a Christmas for our winner.


It was a Saturday to remember forever for one Paddy Power punter as our number crunchers were well and truly given the runaround by one of the sweetest punts we’ve ever seen land. With Christmas just around the corner it was the perfect time for our winner – who hails from Newbridge in Co Kildare – to pull out a cracker and that’s exactly what happened with this stunning six-leg accumulator.

Our victor selected six horses from the Wolverhampton in a €1 each-way accumulator for a total stake of just €2. But, there was a huge dilemma for our crafty customer after the fifth leg of the bumper bet came in – which we’ll tell you all about in a minute.

Even though there was a massive call to make, luckily for our punter got it spot on to land a gigantic windfall ahead of the most wonderful time of the year. Let’s tell you how the loot was landed.

Our journey begins in the 17:30 at Wolverhampton where James Tate’s VICTORY HEIGHTS was the opening selection on the winning bet slip. Things could have been very different for our victor if Mighty Gurkha got his way and held onto the lead, but PJ McDonald was having none it in the saddle of Victory Heights and battled to the front to lead by just a nose at the winning post.

Next up was the 18:00 and the bumper bet required a success from big outsider ZAPPER CASS on the West Midlands tapeta. The Michael Appleby-trained and owned gelding hit the front 5 furlongs out but was made work all the way by Mythmaker. Thankfully, he had enough in the tank to get home by a neck at impressive odds of 28/1.

Our customer was soon feeling the glee of three when LEZARDRIEUX justified his favourites tag in the 18:30. It was bloody close again though, as Grant Tuer’s charge scrapped it out with A Sure Welcome – but Sam James got him to the line after making all in the race to keep the betting ball rolling.

The nerves must have been kicking in for our winner half an hour later as 11/1 shot KOEMAN lined up for the 19:00 race. Yet again it was a case of sweaty palms as The Trader put it right up to the selection, but experienced jockey Tom Marquand knew just what to do to get the gelding ahead by only a neck at the finish.

The dream was still alive after five (legs) when our victor finally got a victory with a bit to spare, all thanks to Ruth Carr’s ATHMAD in the 17:00. Sha La La La Lee in second wasn’t going to give up the ghost lightly and Athmad needed to be shaken up and switch to the right with two furlongs to go, however an excellent ride from Luke Morris got the job done by one-and-a-half lengths.

It was decision time next, and, after already beating astronomical odds to get this far, our punter was offered a whopping total of €62,495 from us to cash out before Toora Loora when into the stalls for the last race of the night at 8pm. After what must have been a tough decision, our winner made the wise choice to accept the generous offer and boy, was it a correct call as David Simcock’s entrant could only manage a brave second place.

Had our winner let the bet ride, the winnings would have ‘only’ been €5,362, instead of the €62,495. What a manoeuvre! All we can say is “the (socially distanced) Christmas drinks are on you and welcome to our coveted Punting Hall of Fame!”


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