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Lucky Southwell punter has Grand National dream

A lucky William Hill punter who won over a quarter of a million pounds from a £7 stake with four of his his seven selections winning at Southwell on Tuesday, could have local trainer Donald McCain celebrating too.

None of the 58-year-old father of two from Manchester’s selections contained the Cholmondeley-based handler’s horses.

However, the customer, who pocketed £281,246.23p from a series of 10p multiples in a bet comprising big-priced winners Schiaparannie (8-1), Tiquer (25-1), Irish Sovereign (66-1) and Alchemystique (150-1), could invest in a racehorse of his own, with McCain in his thoughts.

The lucky winner said: “I had no idea they would be such big odds! I scanned through the racecards, picked out a few fancies and placed some fun multiples for the day.

“I’ve always said that if I were to win big then I’d like to invest in a proper racehorse, so now’s my chance. I’d like a nice jumps horse, maybe in training with Donald McCain as he’s quite local, and the next dream would be to win the Grand National!

“My wife and I are also hoping to go to New Zealand and spend some time touring the country, a trip we’ve always spoken about doing.”

McCain, who was at Haydock on Wednesday to see A Different Kind maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles under Brian Hughes, was naturally delighted for the William Hill punter.

He said: “If he has suggested he wants to buy a horse and have it with me, then I think that is a very good idea!

“It will be a pleasure to meet him – please give him my best wishes and point him in my direction!”

William Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams added: “It’s remarkable that he’s not managed to pick just one or two big odds winners, but four, including a 150-1 shot and a 66-1 shot. He said he didn’t pay much attention to the prices when placing the bet, which is probably a good thing as he might have been put off!

“We’re delighted for him and the family. It sounds as though they’ll enjoy the money with a dream holiday to New Zealand, and maybe a racehorse of their own. Be lucky!”

Punter scoops £281,000 pay-out at Southwell for just £7 stake

A punter taking a close interest in the jumping action at Southwell on Tuesday was rewarded with a mammoth pay-out of over £281,000 for a total stake of just £7.

The William Hill customer placed a series of multiples on seven horses at morning prices – which included a winner at 150-1.

Three of the seven were beaten, but Schiaparannie at 8-1, Tiquer (25-1), Irish Sovereign (66-1) and the huge outsider Alchemystique all came home in front netting him £281,246.23.

William Hill spokesperson Rupert Adams said: “It’s fair to say one punter had his crystal ball out this morning as he managed to pick winners at 8-1, 25-1, 66-1 and 150-1 over the jumps at Southwell!

“Having staked just £7 on multiples before racing got under way, the customer surely couldn’t have believed his luck when Irish Sovereign won the finale at 66-1 netting them £281,246.23 in the process.”

Day one betting spoils at Aintree go to bookmakers

Bookmakers held sway on day one of the Randox Grand National Festival at Aintree after winners at a variety of prices.

The first half of the action belonged to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who bagged a hat-trick as co-owner of the winners of the first three races.

Protektorat (17-2) kicked off proceedings in the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase with a surprise victory for Dan and Harry Skelton.

Trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden then fired in the next two, with Monmiral (10-11 favourite) in the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle and Clan Des Obeaux (5-2 favourite) in the Betway Bowl Chase.

It was a big day for Sir Alex Ferguson at Aintree
It was a big day for Sir Alex Ferguson at Aintree (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

But the last four winners went the way of the layers, as Abacadabras (5-1) in the Betway Aintree Hurdle was followed by 66-1 stunner Cousin Pascal in the Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase.

It was a similar story in the final two races way with Editeur Du Gite (9-1) having things all his own way in the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase and Me Too Please (14-1) winning the Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper, where evens favourite Eileendover was only fourth.

Rupert Adams of William Hill said: “It was an excellent day for us.

“Protektorat was not very well backed whereas Hitman and The Shunter were in that race. We got off to a flier and it carried on.

“Clan Des Obeaux was not as well backed as you would imagine. Even Monmiral did not cost us that much.

“Jason The Militant would have been our worst result today by some way, but he fell (in the Aintree Hurdle). Then the prices of the last three made it a cracking first day.”

Cousin Pascal was a great result for the bookmakers
Cousin Pascal was a great result for the bookmakers (David Davies/Jockey Club)

The long-priced winners saw Paddy Power come out on top in the first-day skirmish.

Their spokesman Paul Binfield said: “It was a small winning day for us and we’ll happily take that given Sir Alex scooped a hat-trick in Liverpool, including two favourites in the first three races.

“Two big-priced winners, including a 66-1 chance, assisted the bookies in no uncertain terms.”