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Punter wins £450,000 on racing bet, neglects to cheer it home

Tue, Mar 7, 9:03am by Staff Writer

In what must rank as one of the greatest accumulator bets ever made on horse racing, a London man has turned 20 pence into over £450,000 and didn’t even get to cheer it home.

The retired accountant had an each-way accumulator across three venues last Friday, spending about £2 on a variety of bets on his Ladbrokes account.

When a horse called Bendomingo, finished unplaced at Newbury, and the punter decided he wouldn’t check the results of the remaining legs, as there was little chance of him seeing a collect.

He knew nothing of the bet’s success until he got a call from Ladbrokes congratulating him on winning £457,067.52 after six of his other horses won.

“I checked a couple of the early results on my tablet but then after seeing one of them had lost I thought I might have only been on for a couple of places, so didn’t bother to see how the rest of the horses had got on,” the man told the Daily Record.

“The next thing I knew, someone from Ladbrokes was phoning me to congratulate me for winning nearly half a million quid and to ask how I’d like the money, and I had no idea what he was talking about.

“I was completely speechless and I think it’s going to take a few days to sink in properly.

His run started in the 13:50 at Doncaster when Monfass won at 12/1 ($11). Twenty minutes later Dinsdale won at Newbury at 6/1.

He then selected back-to-back winners at Lingfield in Pearl Spectre (10/1) and Boater (15/2). WishIcould won a three mile hurdle at Newbury at 4:55pm and the extraordinary heist was complete when McVicar saluted in the last at Doncaster at 5:10pm.

For his three hours and 20 minutes work, the punter had secured the collect of a lifetime. It’s almost enough for him to buy the average London House, which is 2016, sold for £473,073.

Ladbrokes were keen to point out that his payout was also benefited by Ladbrokes Best Odds Guarantee concession.

“We’re sure this is one bet our customer won’t be able to forget now and we couldn’t be happier to pay the winnings to a lifelong racing fan,” Ladbrokes’ Alex Donohue said. “We’re sure from now he’ll follow racing results more closely as they come in.”

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