Punter's Punchestown gamble nets almost €1m for €20 bet
It seems not only football backers from Leicester can win a fortune on a long shot after it was revealed a punter from the city woke up £823,000 (€978,172) richer on Saturday morning - for just a £19 (€22) stake.
The pay-out from Coral to the online punter - who wishes to remain anonymous - is the biggest racing pay-out in the firm's history.
The man, who is in his forties, described the accumulator bet on five horses running at Punchestown on Friday as the "realisation of a lifetime dream" and said he may never bet again.
He did not know he had landed his life-changing win until he came in from a night out in the early hours and checked the racing results, which revealed Das Mooser (10-1), Woodland Opera (9-2), Definite Ruby (7-1), Bacardys (10-1) and Canardier (33-1) had all won. They had been put in five £3 fourfolds and a £4 fivefold accumulator.
He said: "I've been placing these accumulator bets pretty much every day for 20 years, and winning this bet is the realisation of a lifetime dream. Over the years I've come close landing a big return a couple of times but kept hitting the woodwork, and now I've done it I feel remarkably calm.
"I don't know if I'll even carry on betting after this as I feel I've achieved my goal."
Speaking on his betting strategy, he said: "I put a lot of effort into picking my horses. I like to follow stables in form, I'll study the breeding of the horses, and look at their recent performances. I then check which bookie has the best odds for my bet, and unfortunately for Coral, this time it was you guys.
"My dad was a bookie and got me into it when I was young. My first winning bet was on Desert Orchid when he won the 1986 King George. I've followed the sport and been placing these bets ever since. I never place singles, only accumulators and nearly always with three or more horses in them.
"I don't know what I'm going to do with the money, as it's only just sinking in, but I have a few ideas and it is going to change my life."
Coral PR director Simon Clare said: "This is the most incredible big-win story that we have ever encountered and a just reward for our customer for 20 years of perseverance placing these 'small-stake big-win' bets day-in day-out.
"Canardier, the horse that completed his incredible big win, was a 33-1 outsider when he backed it, though it returned 8-1, and the customer told me that he didn't think the form of the other horses in the race was that good, and that as Canardier was well-bred and with a good trainer it was worth a punt.
"Even in the context of landing this amazing bet that one horse was a truly inspirational selection.
"There must be something in the water in Leicester, as the city's football team landed the biggest shock in football betting history last year winning the Premier League at odds of 5000-1, and now this inspired customer has landed the biggest ever horse-racing win with Coral of over £800k for just £19."