Lucky punter pockets £41,000 from £1 bet – despite only backing one winner

A lucky Cheltenham punter pocketed £41,000 from a £1 stake – despite only backing just one winner.

The 42-year-old woman from the West Midlands wagered 50p each-way on an accumulator covering all seven races on the second day of the festival.

Only one – 5-2 shot Impaire Et Passe – came home first. But her remaining six selections were all placed netting the bumper pay-out.

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They were Bronn (50-1), Captain Conby (15-2), Captain Guinness (16-1), Lieutenant Rocco (100-1), Dinoblue (11-2) and Captain Teague (40-1).

William Hill spokesman Lee Phelps said: "You’ve got to take your hat off."

The woman's bumper win was just one of many impressive betting stories to have emerged from Cheltenham this year.

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However, she was far luckier than one unfortunate punter who nearly turned £5 into over £1million, only to be let down by heavy favourite Shishkin in the Ryanair Chase.

The audacious bet saw the punter in question already having landed five out of his seven-fold bet, with Shishkin the heavy favourite to win its race.

Unfortunately however, the horse was beaten out by Envoi Allen, which means that his final selection of Galopin Des Champs for the Gold Cup is now meaningless.

Rode by jockey Willie Mullins, Galopin Des Champs is the hot favourite to win the Gold Cup. Sadly though, that is no consolation for the bettor, who missed out on the chance to win £1,151,851.74 exactly after Shishkin's disappointing run.


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