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Irish Pick 6 set to top €1m for first time
TOTE IRELAND are confident today's Pick 6 pool at the Curragh will set a record by topping €1 million for the first time.
The Pick 6, which can be bet into by punters in Britain as well as Ireland, has been rolling over since Irish Champions Day at Leopardstown on September 10 and was not won at the Curragh on September 11 or at Gowran Park a week ago when the pool reached €863,638.
Joe Hennessy, Tote Ireland's sales and marketing manager, said on Saturday: "Last week's rollover was the largest we've ever had but it was a difficult card and after four races there were no remaining units.
"Sunday's card will be more punter-friendly and we're certain the pool will top €1m for the first time. Many punters will cover several horses in each of the races while others will play for a euro and pick one horse only in each of the first six races on the card."
As there is expected to be huge interest in the bet, Tote Ireland are advising customers to play the Pick 6 early. Early play options started on Saturday on thetote.com and Tote Ireland account-holders can phone in their bets in addition to having on-course and online options.
The Pick 6 races today are a nine-runner two-year-old maiden (1.50), the Group 3 CL & MF Weld Park Stakes (2.20), for which ten are declared, the nine-runner Group 3 Renaissance Stakes (2.50), the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes, for which seven are declared, at 3.25, and two 20-runner handicaps - the Manguard Plus Amateur Riders Derby (3.55) and the Mongey Communications Joe McGrath Premier Handicap (4.30).
Brian Sheerin marks your card for the Pick 6 in today's Racing Post - available on iPad