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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

'When I saw the amount in my account I did a double-take'

Brightening your day with turf tales from beyond the tracks

Royale Zanzibar (left) kicked off a six-figure accumulator when winning at Hereford
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Seeing was disbelieving for a Buckinghamshire-based punter who couldn’t quite believe the six-figure sum sitting in his account after a £1 accumulator came in.

The 41-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, won just over £135,000 after placing a 50p each-way six-horse accumulator with Coral on Tuesday. Despite one non-runner, the remaining five all won, earning the punter a life-changing payout.

“I picked the horses based on a mixture of the odds on offer, and some names I was familiar with, but I have to say there was nothing too scientific about it,” he said. “On this occasion I didn’t actually check back until the races were run though, and when I saw the amount in my account I did a double-take! I even logged out and back in again, just to check it was real.”

Boost for the north

Northern-based Girsonfield Stud and Racing is celebrating its expansion after receiving a grant from the LEADER programme, a European rural funding scheme.

The grant, worth £9,035, has covered 40 per cent of the project cost, enabling the Otterburn operation to double its staff. Owner Susan Corbett has emphasised the importance of the funding, which has helped the team expand its stables and improve the training facilities with a new horse walker.

She said: “The funding from LEADER has really helped us up our game. 

“We now have 32 horses in training, from only eight when we started the training yard four years ago, and we have expanded our staff from four last year to eight this year.”

Cross-industry initiative

Careers in Racing is offering training to equine college students in a bid to attract more staff into the industry.

Run by the Northern Racing College and British Racing School, the Entry to Employment Programme consists of a five-week residential course followed by a placement, piloted last year.

Cliona Suggett, who took part in the pilot, said: “I loved the course, and the BRS has provided me with the experience and knowledge to take on an amazing job.

“The staff couldn’t be any more supportive in my career and their knowledge about the industry truly shows in their teaching.”

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