Punter turns £19 into £823,000 with Punchestown accumulators
Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins and Jessica Harrington weren't the only ones winning big at Punchestown this week as a Coral punter scooped nearly £823,000 from a £19 outlay.
On Friday, the anonymous punter in his 40s staked five £3 four-folds and one £4 five-fold online and was left with a bonanza as all five selections obliged. He did not realise he had landed the huge windfall until returning from a night out and checking the results.
Based in Leicester, a city that enjoyed its own rags-to-riches story last season when their football team won the Premier League, the punter's big win – the highest ever horseracing payout from Coral – was not mere pin-sticking.
THE WINNING SELECTIONS
3.40 Punchestown Das Mooser 10-1
4.20 Punchestown Woodland Opera 9-2
4.55 Punchestown Definite Ruby 7-1
6.05 Punchestown Bacardys 10-1
7.45 Punchestown Canardier 33-1
Total returns £822,972.75
(£50,000 cap on best-odds guaranteed concession)
"My dad was a bookie and got me into it when I was young," the punter explained. "My first winning bet was on Desert Orchid when he won the 1986 King George. I've followed the sport and been placing these bets ever since. I never place singles, only accumulators and nearly always with three or more horses in them.
"I put a lot of effort into picking my horses. I like to follow stables in form, I'll study the breeding of the horses, and look at their recent performances. I then check which bookie has the best odds for my bet and, unfortunately for Coral, this time it was them."
Canardier, who won the bumper for Dermot McLoughlin, returned at 8-1, but the punter's knowledge proved invaluable as he snagged the early 33-1.
Simon Clare from Coral said: "The customer told me he didn’t think the form of the other horses in the race was that good and, as Canardier was well bred and with a good trainer, it was worth a punt. Even in the context of landing this amazing bet, that one horse was a truly inspirational selection."
OTHER PUNTERS TO STRIKE IT BIG . . .
Steve Whiteley from Exeter won £1.45 million on the Tote Jackpot at his local track on March 7, 2011
Conor Murphy won £1m off bet365 by backing five winners trained by his boss Nicky Henderson at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival
Coral shop customer Ron Nicholson from Bournemouth won £878,939 on the Scoop6 in April 2004
Darren Yates from Morecambe won £550,000 for a £59 bet with William Hill on Frankie Dettori's Magnificent Seven at Ascot in September 1996
The same day and for the same reason, Mary Bolton from Somerset won £500,000 from Ladbrokes