Punters are right to celebrate when bookies are taken to the cleaners
Who would have thought a random January Wednesday would end up like this? It was a great day for a small group of in-the-know punters who had pulled off an expertly planned and executed betting coup.
Many figures have been bandied about as to how much the coup has made the organisers across the betting industry and I guess we'll never know, but we paid out the guts of a million to punters who of course include both the insiders and others who were shrewd enough to get on the bandwagon when they saw the coup was on.
The first two went in the space of just 10 minutes with Eye Of The Tiger starting the ball rolling in the 1.30 at Lingfield. He was backed as if defeat was out of the question, from 4/1 to even-money favourite by punters who were undeterred by the fact that the horse was beaten a total of 423 lengths in six previous starts, the latest of which was back in 2012.