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Stable lad Conor Murphy

Stable lad Conor Murphy

Conor Murphy. Photo: Reuters

Conor Murphy. Photo: Reuters

Barry Geraghty celebrates victory on Riverside Theatre after winning the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham

Barry Geraghty celebrates victory on Riverside Theatre after winning the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham

Jimmy Nesbitt (left)
celebrates with Michael
O'Leary after the actor's
horse, Riverside
Theatre, won the
Ryanair Chase at
Cheltenham yesterday

Jimmy Nesbitt (left) celebrates with Michael O'Leary after the actor's horse, Riverside Theatre, won the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham yesterday

Michael O'Leary took a fancy to his
wife Anita's hat during the trophy
presentation and tried it on for himself

Michael O'Leary took a fancy to his wife Anita's hat during the trophy presentation and tried it on for himself

Michael O'Leary took a fancy to his
wife Anita's hat during the trophy
presentation and tried it on for himself

Michael O'Leary took a fancy to his wife Anita's hat during the trophy presentation and tried it on for himself

Teresa O'Leary
from Cork
enjoying the
festival
yesterday

Teresa O'Leary from Cork enjoying the festival yesterday

Rita Walters, from Co Mayo,
enjoys St Patrick's
Thursday at the racing
festival

Rita Walters, from Co Mayo, enjoys St Patrick's Thursday at the racing festival

Ann and
Paddy Smith from
Drogheda, Co
Louth, take in the
action

Ann and Paddy Smith from Drogheda, Co Louth, take in the action

Well-known
publican Charlie
Chawke (left) at
the festival
yesterday

Well-known publican Charlie Chawke (left) at the festival yesterday

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Stable lad Conor Murphy

CONOR Murphy, a stable lad who won €1.2m in a Cheltenham accumulator bet was brought back to earth today - when he was ordered back to work.

Conor Murphy picked up the cash after correctly predicting the winners of five races.

The Irishman, who works for trainer Nicky Henderson, placed the bet in November.

But after celebrating the win, Henderson revealed his "linchpin" member of staff was back working in the stable today.

Hailing Murphy's "amazing" foresight, Henderson said: "Everybody here is absolutely thrilled for him.

"It was just an amazing piece of foresight last November.

"Just the chances of all five getting to Cheltenham and all of them running in the right races, that would be long odds, particularly as with Simonsig we didn't even know what race he would be running in until the other week.

"The chances of them getting there since last November must have been at least 100-1 and the chances of them all winning, that must have been a 1,000,000-1."

Despite his bumper payout, Henderson reported that Murphy was at work in Lambourn, Berkshire, today.

"He's in work this morning - he is one of the linchpins here. He's the most lovely man though, a fantastic guy and very quiet," the trainer said.

"He rides out Finian's Rainbow every day of the week and he would probably know more than anyone else in the world about that horse.

"Finian's is very special to him."

Sprinter Sacre kicked off his winning spree with victory in Tuesday's Arkle, Simonsig in the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle and Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase obliged on Wednesday, along with Finian's Rainbow, which Murphy looks after, in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Riverside Theatre's win in the Ryanair Chase yesterday sealed the win for Murphy and Henderson said his entire Seven Barrows team were delighted at the good fortune.

The only Henderson-trained winner Murphy did not have in his accumulator was Une Artiste, which triumphed in Wednesday's Fred Winter at 40-1.

Henderson revealed that Murphy could not possibly have included that filly as she was not even part of his team at the time he placed the bet.

"He's backed five out of our six winners and he couldn't even have backed the other one last November as she wasn't in the yard then, she was still in France," he said.

"I had no idea it (the accumulator) was happening."

Jockey Andrew Tinkler, who is attached to Henderson's yard, joked that he would have headed off on holiday rather than attending morning stables.

He tweeted: "Can't believe that the million pound man was riding out this morning!!!! I'd be at Heathrow!!"

Bookmaker Paddy Power said the odds of the horses at the end of November, believed to be the month when the bet was placed, were Sprinter Sacre (10-1), Simonsig (14-1), Bobs Worth (10-1), Finian's Rainbow (8-1) and Riverside Theatre (9-1).

A spokesman for Paddy Power said: "That comes in at odds of 163,350-1. I'm glad we dodged that one."