Middleton in the money as Holly Bush nets trainer £50,000 from bet
Trainer Phil Middleton arrived at Fakenham on Monday by helicopter and probably left by armoured van after his Holly Bush Henry landed him the final leg of a lucrative accumulator.
Middleton, 66, permed Ascot winners Jenkins, Drumcliff, Acting Lass and a non-runner in a £200 each-way bet at the weekend, with the winnings set to roll on to his own Holly Bush Henry.
Carrying a welter burden of 12st 3lb, less jockey James Bowen’s 5lb claim, 5-2 favourite Holly Bush Henry gamely fought his way to victory in the 3m handicap chase, netting Middleton upwards of £50,000.
The trainer said: “Mark [Lowther, co-owner] has a box at Ascot and we were there socially on Saturday. I had a £100 each-way yankee and also had the same four horses with Holly Bush Henry in a £200 each-way accumulator. I've not worked it out, but it's over £50,000."
Middleton added: “After Holly Bush Henry won at Sandown I said we’d put him away for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, but he was so well and I couldn’t let him down.
"I said to Mark we’d win a chase with him instead, to protect his hurdles mark, and he was so game today.”
Middleton, who trains a half-dozen horses from his base in Buckinghamshire, is no stranger to having a hefty wager on his own runners, netting a tidy pre-Christmas sum when Golan Fortune won at Ascot.
“It’s an expensive game and you need a few touches to make it pay,” a delighted Middleton said. “That said, I’m probably breaking even!”
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