Racing punter just misses out on £300,000 win but still lands £40K from £2 bet
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It was a super Saturday for one horse racing punter at the weekend after he made a £40,000+ profit – and he so nearly made £260,000 more!
The Betfair customer paid just £2 for a Lucky 15 bet at Kempton, and he got off to a good start when Lordsbridge Girl came in at 12-1. Floating Spirit (15-2) then triumphed for the shrewd spectator in the 7f handicap, and Kiwano (12-1) won the 6f handicap.
Hopes then rested on Imperial Sands at 10-1, and sure enough, the horse held on in a tight finish to ensure winnings of £40,491,10. According to a report in the Racing Post, the lucky punter was British, and then very nearly got luckier still.
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However, the big money winner had also placed a separate each-way five-fold with a stake of £3.21, which included all four of the horses in the Lucky 15 and required the Oriental Art to win the 1m3f handicap. The David Simcock trained horse briefly threatened glory too, but faded in the final two furlongs and finished fourth.
Betfair spokesperson Barry Orr said: "They've landed a right touch. They wanted Oriental Art for over £260,000 and even if he had finished third they'd have got a good return off the five-fold, too. For a Saturday night sit-at-home punter, it was a real nice touch.
"It added a bit of spice to the FA Cup third round Saturday evening for sure. They could have landed nearly £300,000 but it wasn't to be. They've hit the crossbar, but still come away with over £40,000, which isn't an insignificant sum for his investment."
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The story has triggered memories of a similar saga at Aintree in October. One punter won over £57,000 over a weekend, but it could have been a mammoth £425,000 after he cashed out before the last leg of his bet.
Despite having backed 15-8 favourite Credrojava in the final race, he chose not to risk losses. Inevitably the horse then prevailed by half a length to leave the fan with mixed emotions.
In June, a punter in Australia won over £20,000 after betting on a horse he had purchased with friends when drunk. He decided to place a bet worth £115 amid staggeringly big odds of 180-1.
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