Racegoer who won £182,000 for £2 bet talks about his Festival windfall

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Wed 13 Mar 2019

A once-a-year punter on an annual coach trip to the Cheltenham Festival has spoken about how he won £182,568 from a £2 Placepot on Tuesday.

And he has revealed that while he waited for his winnings, which he thought would be a few hundred pounds, he had a bet on the final race of the day – and won that as well.

The man’s identity remains unknown but he selected just one horse in each race with the help of a friend who followed racing more closely and expected he might collect "a couple of hundred quid".

The racing on day one of the Festival made for great viewing for the man on an annual coach trip

However, the net pool of £958,481.10 was shared by just 10.50 winning units, producing a dividend of £91,283.10 to a £1 stake, only a few hundred pounds short of the biggest-ever dividend.

“It wasn't until the second-last race that my friend said 'you're still in with a chance'. We came in a couple of times after the sixth race to cash it in,” the winning punter said on Wednesday.

“We thought it might be a couple of hundred quid or something like that but it wasn't ready, so we went out to bet on the last race. We were lucky enough win again on that!

"We came back in afterwards and handed over the ticket. The lady behind the counter... her face just dropped. I asked her how much and she very discreetly showed us. We still didn't really believe it."

He added: "I looked at the horses before racing and whatever took my fancy I put in my Placepot. My friend, who knows a bit about racing, advised me.

"We've been coming for years and the occasion is fantastic. We've been doing it this way for years and nothing's changed. We just do a Placepot and our individual bets and then enjoy the racing. The Tote staff are really good and friendly and welcoming and everyone has been great.

"My daughter is soon to go to university, so that will help, and my son is going on holiday so I think I will be upgrading him to first class."

Other on-course winners at Cheltenham included two customers who each collected £36,513.56 for a 40p share, having played in 10p unit stakes, while there were numerous 20p and 10p winners.

One of those celebrating was Emma Knight, in the Chez Roux restaurant as a treat for her 13th wedding anniversary. She collected over £18,000 and said: "We come every year to the Festival and I always have a Placepot, but usually go out in the last race! It's been an amazing day."

The selections of Tuesday's £182,567.80 winning toteplacepot ticket holder:

Race 1 Klassical Dream - WON

Race 2 Duc Des Genievres - WON

Race 3 Beware The Bear - WON

Race 4 Melon - 2nd

Race 5 Stormy Ireland - 2nd

Race 6 A Plus Tard - WON

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