Following on from a memorable 2018 Cheltenham Festival, stories are still emerging from some of the more successful and/or fortunate punter’s bets. It should be no surprise that there were some big winners, on account that more bets were placed on Cheltenham this time around than many years previous. That’s testament to how beloved this racing festival is!
One of my favourite Cheltenham Festival 2018 stories has to be the Devon cleaner whose meager £1 each way Lucky 31 bet ballooned into him winning of a staggering £168,751 via a bet placed in his BetFred local betting shop.
After 4 races (including Penhill in the Stayers’ Hurdle, and The Storyteller at 16:10 – both third day Cheltenham Festival races) it was an impressive four wins from four races. The ongoing success proved hard to take in for Martin Palk, 51, and still in disbelief with one more race to go, he promised his friends to a once in a lifetime Vegas trip if got the final winner up. When this horse too romped home (Missed Approach in the 5.30), the Dad of two stayed true to his word and began to plan the holiday!
Martin summed it up best: “It was a bit of banter, but I’m a man of my word, so the Magnificent Seven are off to the Strip. It will cost me £10,000, and I’ve told them they could bring their own spending money.”
“I really didn’t think I had any chance in the last race which was a 10/1 shot and that’s why I promised we’ll all go to Vegas on me if I did win. We are going to meet next week and sort out the details and check none of us has any criminal records!”
With many bookmakers there are free bet opportunities and the like, or just generally very competitive odds with novibet.co.uk and other betting firms, and so for both single bets and accumulator bets such as this, you really get the best combined odds possible. It didn’t really used to be that way in less competitive betting environments of the past. Its important to try to get the most bang for your betting buck!
The five winners, all running on Day Three of Cheltenham were:
13:30 – Shattered Love 5/1
14:10 – Delta Work 9/1
15:30 – Penhill 12/1
16:10 – The Storyteller 7/1
17:30 – Missed Approach 10/1
As this was a Lucky 31 bet, the lucky punter won via a series or single bets, doubles, trebles, four fold and a five fold acca. This equated to odds of almost 70,000-1 . To further add to the already dream outcome, the betting chain ran a Cheltenham Festival promotion at the time boosting the bet by 50%. Happy days!
The punters winning betting slip: