One Cheltenham fan enjoyed the luck of the Irish on St Patrick's Day – after winning over £100,000 from two bets totalling just £30.
The first bet – placed all the way back on Christmas Eve 2021 was a £10 each-way double on Constitution Hill to win the Champion Hurdle at 25-1 and Galopin Des Champs to win the Gold Cup at 33-1. That came in netting them £26,520.
The second was a £10 four-fold wager placed last March (2022) on Desert Crown to win the Derby at 40-1, Tuesday to win the Oaks at 8-1, Constitution Hill to win the Champion Hurdle at 2-1 and Galopin Des Champs to win the Gold Cup at 7-2. That landed them another £74,722.50.
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William Hill spokesman Lee Phelps said the bets were 'extraordinary'. All-in-all it’s been a Friday they’ll remember for a long time to come," he added.
Former jockey Paddy 'Mad' Merrigan also won big at Cheltenham after backing a horse from odds of 50-1 right down to 8-1. He put down the biggest bet of his life in separate flutters over the past six months – backing The Real Whacker in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase.
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After tipping the horse at multiple tipping events in the build-up to the Festival, Merrigan banked at least £50,000 from a single bookies with his full win far higher. And following his flurry, he boasted, via the Irish Mirror: "The whole of Ireland has backed this horse for six months.
"We have cleaned the bookies, it’s over. 50-1 is the first bet I had, don’t worry about I much I win. I can assure you it was the biggest bet of my life. The bookies got educated today.
"This is a serious issue, I want to use this moment now." He added: "I backed this horse for six months, I told thousands of other people to back him, they all did."
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