Sunday 22 April 2018

€200,000 betting coup a dry run, says winner

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

WATCH out, bookmakers -- the man behind an audacious betting coup may have another stunt up his sleeve.

Bookies were caught out unawares after the gamble planned with military precision netted around €200,000 for one delighted group of punters.

Douglas Taylor -- the man who pulled off the masterstroke at Kilbeggan Racecourse on Monday -- yesterday joked he was planning another coup on a bigger scale soon.

"That was a dry run. I'm going to do a bigger one," he said.

Like all good plans, it was hatched just over a week before the race as he enjoyed a few pints of Guinness with friends in his local pub in Co Meath.

Mr Taylor, the managing director of recruitment, security and services company MCR Group, insisted he did it "for the fun, not for the money".

It involved 200 agency workers found by the Co Cavan businessman's firm, 200 alarmed watches, a precise information note and plenty of betting slips.

Mr Taylor said he was inspired by Barney Curley, who, in 1975, organised a massive gamble on Yellow Sam at Bellewstown after he ensured the one telephone line at the track was occupied. But yesterday, Mr Taylor, the joint-owner of horse 'D Four Dave' at the centre of the stunt, revealed their military-style plan had gone awry.

"Some went a bit astray, three fellows walked into one shop all with watches and white envelopes and the bookie panicked," he revealed.


It had been intended that at 6.55pm on Monday, as their alarms went off just moments before the race, the people hired would place the €200 bets in a series of bookmakers throughout Dublin and Kildare.

It is understood that €30,000 was wagered on the horse. He said it was easy to damage the odds, which fell from 14-1 to 7-1.

Mr Taylor, who married Wexford woman Stella Meyler last Saturday, added that his share of the winnings would be spent on his honeymoon.

Irish Independent

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