A Cheltenham punter is waiting on the result of the Marsh Novices' Chase on Thursday to claim a mammoth £500k from a £5 accumulator – and the odds are looking favourable.
The nervous wait comes after wins for Golden Horde in the Commonwealth Cup at 12/1, Hello Youmzain in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 10/1, Shishkin in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at 4/1 and Bob Olinger at the The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at 25/1.
The final bet comes on Envoi Allen, who is the huge favourite to take first spot after remaining unbeaten in their last 11 starts.
As well as trainer Henry De Bromhead and jockey Jack Kennedy, the unnamed punter will be praying for a clean run which will most likely end in a comfortable victory.
Ruby Walsh told Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth ‘Countdown to Cheltenham’ podcast of the horse this week: “I can’t understand why Envoi Allen, at the time of recording, is just a shade of odds-on.
“He should be way beyond that.
“He’s a 1/4 shot, but he’s only just odds-on. I can’t understand why he’s not half the price he is and he’s my NAP for Thursday.
“I’m not into tipping odds-on shots, but he should be way shorter.
“The change in stable (joining Henry De Bromhead) is that close to the festival that it shouldn’t have that big an effect. If the race was six weeks away, I think it would be harder for him.”
The opportunity comes after bookmaker Paddy Power narrowly avoided an eight-figure payout after a stunning result at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
First, Black Tears trained by Denise Foster won the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle, then Jeff Kidder won the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
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Bookmakers were in for a shock after 8-11 favourite Appreciate It won the first race of the day by 24 lengths.
Shishkin followed that up by winning the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase. But, Black Tears stunned viewers by racing to victory at odds of 11/1, before Jeff Kidder made history in the penultimate race of the day.
Jeff Kidder was a rank outsider at odds of 80/1, and was the longest-priced winner at the meeting since the Gold Cup in 1990.
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