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Friday 26 May 2017

Co Antrim punter lifts £320,759 on £31 bet

Adrian Rutherford

Tony McCoy isn’t the only Irishman celebrating a win at Aintree last weekend.

A lucky punter walked away with more than £300,000 (€340,000) of winnings at Ladbrokes in Antrim - on a stake of just £31 (€35).

The unnamed winner correctly picked five horses from Friday’s card at Aintree.

They were General Miller at 7/1 who won the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle at 2pm; Always Waining, 22/1, first in the 3.45pm Listed Chase; Wayward Prince, the 9/1 winner of the John Smith Grade 1 Novice Hurdle; Ringaroses, 10/1 winner of the 4.45pm Grade 3 Novice Hurdle and Big Time Billy at 28/1 who won the 5.30pm Mares Bumper.

The Lucky 31 involves 31 different bets on five chosen horses. If all horses win, the accumulator comes into play, bagging a chunky 25pc bonus.

Winnings from the bet were £256,607.70 (€290 416.60), but with the bonus, the total payout came to a staggering £320,759.72 (€363 020.86).

It’s the latest in a series of mammoth payouts for the company. Last month a punter in Kildare took away €12,000 from a six-horse bet of €6.30.

Just over a fortnight ago, a customer won €100,000 from a €6 stake and on Thursday, a €15 bet in Dublin earned over €100,000 winnings.

Ladbrokes spokesperson Hayley O’Connor said: “It’s just unbelievable. We’ve had a series of massive payouts on small multiple bets. The big win on Friday meant we were sent into battle already wounded for Saturday’s betting blitz.”

Bookmakers were left €11.5m out of pocket after McCoy, on joint favourite Don’t Push It, romped to victory in the National — the first time the Co Antrim native has won the steeplechase.

It was McCoy’s 15th attempt at the national, a race he said he always knew he would win one day, and punters put their faith in the Champion jockey.

One bookie said: “McCoy's victory has cost us millions.

“We've feared this day for 15 years and our worst nightmares have just been realised. Punters never lost faith in the champ.”

He added: “What a difference a year makes. When Mon Mome won at 100/1 the bookies kept all the cash and we celebrated for months.

“Now we'll be paying the punters out for months to come. It's the worst result for us in ages and all we can do is grit our teeth and salute the champ.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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