Horse racing punter turns £1 each-way bet into almost £7,000 with audacious acca

A nose netted one eagle-eyed punter a major payday over the weekend after a last-minute four-fold on the horse racing came in at odds of almost 3,500/1.

The unnamed Betfair customer backed a £1 each-way stake (totalling £2) to win £6,716 on Saturday, including one horse that belongs to Manchester United icon and 13-time Premier League-winner Sir Alex Ferguson. And it's safe to assume there was some 'squeaky bum time' to endure after the last selection came from behind to win by a whisker.

The bettor in question backed Fergsuon-owned Il Ridoto just nine minutes before the Paddy Power Cheltenham Countdown Podcast Handicap Chase was due to get underway at 1:50 p.m. However, the 11/2 shot—trained by the legendary Paul Nicholls—was well-timed as it returned the first win of the day.

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But that pick proved just the tip of the iceberg as the winning slip's odds continued to rise throughout the day. Eight-year-old Dargiannini breezed to a seven-length win at the Keep Batting Birthday Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter despite coming in at odds of 8/1.

Then came 17/2 outsider Maximilian, who clinched his sixth win in seven outings at the River Don Novices' Hurdle. That set up nail-biting return to Uttoxeter for the 3:07 p.m. race, where 11/1 underdog Tip Top Mountain proved his value over two-and-a-half miles.

"Tip Top Mountain, the fourth and final leg, traded at 18/1 in-running when headed, but he showed a steely resolve to battle back and win on the nod," said Betfair spokesman Barry Orr. "A fantastic bet and it’s great to see such a big win for a £2 stake."

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Tip Top Mountain's win was arguably that much more satisfactory after he was asked to kick on in the latter stages. However, the punter in question may not thank the Robert Walford-trained talent for the added stress.

The Betfair customer's horse racing nous is likely to be sought far and wide after word of his fanciful four-fold gets out. That being said, repeating the feat may prove an altogether more difficult task.

As impressive as this wager was, it pales in comparison to an even more audacious accumulator from earlier in January. That's after one gambler fell just short of claiming almost £300,000 in winnings off a 'Lucky 15' bet and had to settle for just £40,000 off their £2 investment.


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