Mighty Potter leaves punters fuming as ‘no brainer’ flops at Cheltenham Festival

Mighty Potter's flop at Cheltenham Festival has left punters fuming at the performance of the "no brainer".

Davy Russell rode the 4-6 odds on favourite in the opening race of day three at Cheltenham as Mighty Potter finished third in the Turners Novices' Chase. Instead, 15-2 Stage Star claimed victory in the race under Harry Cobden to give the bookies a massive boost in their tussle with the punters.

Following the race, unhappy punters flocked to social media to react to Mighty Potter's performance, with one writing: "Mighty Potter, wtf was that," along with a clip of Gary Neville.

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In the attached clip, Neville says: "This was the no brainer. This was the banker. This was the one that couldn’t fail. This was the one that’s never failed."

Another shared an iconic clip of Eastenders icon Ian Beale wailing that he has "got nothing left" along with the caption: "The whole nation after backing Mighty Potter."

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A third punter added: "Bookies are laughing at all those who had Mighty Potter." Meanwhile, one more commented: "Mighty Potter has ruined the acca already ffs."

The bookies had another boost in the Ryanair Chase later on Thursday as the favourite once again missed out on glory, with Shishkin beaten by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Envoi Allen instead won the race under Rachael Blackmore.

Thursday's results come after some punters had enjoyed success earlier in the week, including one who won after asking a Hinge match to pick a horse for them on Wednesday.

Former jockey Paddy "Mad" Merrigan also won big on day two as he was victorious with the "biggest bet of his life". Merrigan took the bookies to the cleaners with 50-1 winner The Real Whacker in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase.

The horse was backed in from 50-1 to 8-1 before the race as Merrigan banked £50,000 from a single bookies and his full win is said to be far greater.


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