I’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.
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