Friday 24 November 2017

Haydock mud turned to gold by victory for 7/1 Chatez

Chatez ridden by Fergus Sweeney wins The Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes
Chatez ridden by Fergus Sweeney wins The Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes

Marcus Armytage

Eight new millionaires were created by horse racing yesterday when, after three months of roll-overs, the Totescoop6, a record British pool bet amounting to £10,740,797, was finally won after 7/1 chance Chatez galloped home in the mud and driving rain at Haydock.

The eight winners, individuals or syndicates who picked up £1,342,599.63 each, now have the chance to go forward for a further £5m bonus next Saturday. It is believed that three of the winners are small-time, small staking betting shop punters – £1,342,599.63 is a new record pay-out for a betting shop – while the remaining five are large staking customers, possibly syndicates, who might have invested five figure sums in multiple permutations.

Each weekend, as the prize fund has swelled, more and more people have taken part and the interest generated in what was a busy Saturday's racing, but without a domestic Group One contest in Britain, was immense.

The first of the six races, at Haydock, was won by a 16-1 outsider Bear Behind which did the most damage whittling the original 5,523,501 tickets down to 238,627. The winners that followed in the next hour and half 17-2, 8-1, 3-1, 9-2 left 122 tickets going forward to the last race, the Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl at Haydock, in which only one horse, the 33-1 outside Grevillea, was not covered.

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