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GAA manager scoops €170k on €50 gamble

former GAA football 
manager Niall Carew beat odds of more than 18,000-to-1 to win €170,000 with a €50 bet.

A delighted Carew, who recently resigned as Waterford's football manager, bet on three horses and the likelihood of a draw between Kerry and Mayo on Sunday.

The Kildareman's winning streak was achieved with a €3 Lucky 15 and a €5 accumulator at Boylesports in Kildare town.

A crucial part of the incredibly lucky punt was his prediction of the senior football semi-final draw.


"I'm thrilled. I could not split these two teams before the match. Their form has been very similar all along," Carew (40) said.

He said he did not tell his wife Michelle exactly how much depended on the final horse, Kalann, winning at The Curragh after the match.

"She got a big fright afterwards when I told her," he said. "We'll probably take a holiday with the three children."

The lucky winner, who lives at Timahoe, Co Kildare, was a star footballer and hurler for Kildare until he was badly injured on the pitch at the age of 25. He was a selector and coach for the Kildare football team for five years before spending two years in charge of Waterford.

The two bets were made up of the same selections: Ribbons in the 3.10pm at Deauville at 10/1; Ansgar in the 4.15pm at Goodwood at 10/1; and Kalann in the 5.10pm at The Curragh at 16/1. The football draw bet was at odds of 8/1.

He placed the bets at Boylesports in Kildare town.

An employment support specialist for people with disabilities, he said he bets around €50 to €60 every week but he never bets on any game which he is involved in himself.

He said he is definitely tipping Dublin to win the All-Ireland as the team is "very strong, physically and mentally".