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Punter's €600,000 bet wins Big Buck's

A £100,000 (€121,000) payout was awaiting one lucky punter after Big Buck's romped to an historic victory in the first race of the Grand National Festival in England yesterday.

The unnamed gambler placed £500,000 (€605,000) at odds of 1/5 on the horse to romp to its record-breaking 17th consecutive win and won a 20pc return.

The wager, made earlier this week, was the biggest single bet received by William Hill in its 78-year history.

The bookmaker's spokeswoman Kate Miller said: "This ranks as one of the biggest bets ever taken on racing.

"With measly interest rates, and a volatile stock market, the punter was obviously banking on Big Buck's."

The nine-year-old horse, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Irish jockey Ruby Walsh, now holds National Hunt Racing's longest unbeaten run.

Big Buck's beat Sir Ken's post-war record of 16 consecutive wins set in the 1950s, having equalling it when he was victorious at the Cheltenham Festival last month.