Henderson stable lad nets £1m gamble

I don’t know how Finian’s Rainbow’s lad slept on Wednesday night. If I had been sitting on his betting slip I don’t think I would have managed a single wink. By the close of racing on Wednesday, the lad, an Irishman in his late 40s, had seen Sprinter Sacre (8/11 in the Arkle), Simonsig (2/1, Neptune Novice Hurdle), Bobs Worth (9/2, RSA Chase) and Finian’s Rainbow (4/1, Champion Chase) go in.

Now, Conor Murphy was waiting to see if Riverside Theatre could win and net him close on £1m for his £50 stake spread across the five horses. Well, we know what happened, and the best of luck to Conor as he’s mucking out this morning.

If he had placed the bet on Monday this week and been able to do so at the starting prices he would have picked up £32,050. But Murphy had put his money down late last year, and had the foresight to specify the Neptune for Simonsig when many expectations were that he wouldn’t run in that race.

David Williams of Ladbrokes reckoned that the odds at that time were:

Sprinter Sacre 7/1
Simonsig 20/1
Bobs Worth 6/1
Finian’s Rainbow 12/1
Riverside Theatre 16/1

Making an accumulator of 259,859/1.

Murphy had placed the bet with Bet365, for whom spokesman Pat Cooney was a master of understatement. “We’re pleased for all our customers who’ve had a winning day today but we don’t discuss individual accounts. This one particular customer’s had an extremely good time of it.”

Boss Nicky Henderson was naturally delighted for his stable lad, who had remained at their Lambourn base yesterday. Leaving Cheltenham last night he said, “It’s absolutely wonderful. He’s the nicest, kindest, gentlest man and he rides Finian’s Rainbow every day. He’s got more confidence in me than I have, and he obviously took a rather strong view, before Christmas, I gather.”

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