Big-WinI’ve been having a bit of a lazy one today and have been looking at some of the biggest horse racing wins in recent years, from a punters perspective. It turns out, understandably, that the biggest wins wins are via multiple bets (accumulators) . Perhaps the best known accumulator win in recent times is the Frankie Detori’s ‘magnificent seven’, where Frankie’s seven rides of the day ALL managed to win and some of his biggest fans/followers had backed the lot.  Darren Yeats from Morecambe was the biggest beneficiary of this freak event with a staggering win of £550,000 from a meagre £59 bet.

Not to be outdone, others have won more from even smaller bets. According to the Telegraph, in 2008 a 60 year old man took home a cool £1,000,000 as result of an 8 horse acca that started with a horse called ‘Isn’t That Lucky’ and ended with aptly named ‘A Dream Come True’. Unbelievably, his win should’ve actually been £1.4 million, but William Hill cap their wins a a million pounds. How nice of them! A WillHill spokeman said of the win “It earns him a place in history as the world’s first betting shop millionaire. Even a scriptwriter couldn’t have dreamt this one up.”

Before we get our head in the clouds though, let’s realise that people can move just as fast in the opposite direction. The prime example has to be Terry Ramsden, whose post office worker to prominent race horse owner rags to riches, story ended in disaster. His net worth took a serious hit as a result of one too many flutters on the horses! At the height of his betting, he placed £1m on a single horse and is thought to have lost a total of £58million to Ladbrokes alone.

If you’re at a loose end after reading all of that (like me!), are clambering for the aforementioned riches (like me again!) and also happen to be into a bit of bingo or lottery fun on occcasion, you can buy and check Online lotto numbers here. Some of the  jackpots are so huge that if you won it’d send your head spinning (Canada LottoMax – CA$55 million, Australia Powerball $6 million, SuperEnalotto 135 million). Of course I’m not at all greedy myself, so a few million will do ;).

york-racesIn the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (2.30) at York on Thursday, Fair Eva has won both starts over 6 furlongs in impressive fashion and can complete a hat-trick. The Frankel filly made a seamless transition to Group company when drawing clear to win the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot by 4 lengths last month and, although the third and fourth, Dainty Dandy and Tallulah Rose, have let the form down since, she couldn’t do much more than beat them easily.

Fair Eva has already been installed a favourite for the 1,000 Guineas and joint-favourite for the Oaks so, while her odds (8/15) are prohibitive, she’s fully expected to justify favouritism en route to better things. The Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on September 11, could be her next prot of call, according to trainer Roger Charlton. National Alexander, whom she beat by 4 lengths on her debut at Haydock in June, has since won in Listed and Pattern company, so the form looks exceptionally strong.

Selection: York 2.30 Fair Eva (8/15) to win

goodwoodIn the Goodwood Cup (3.10) at Goodwood on Thursday, Big Orange returned to something approaching his very best when making all and staying on strongly to beat The Grey Gatsby by 2½ lengths in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, over 1 mile 4 furlongs, on the July Course at Newmarket earlier this month and can repeat his win in this race last year. Michael Bell’s 5-year-old is 2lb worse off for a neck with Quest For More this time, but is following a similar path to last year and, with conditions in his favour, there appears no reason why he shouldn’t make another bold bid. The Duke Of Marmalade gelding, whom his trainer says is ‘physically stronger’ this year, was originally intended to run in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, but the decision to follow a less arduous route can pay dividends.

Selection: Goodwood 3.10 Big Orange to win