Punter wins £200,000 after Galopin Des Champs claimed victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup after missing out on a potential £1m windfall following Shishkin’s defeat on Thursday
- Incredible Cheltenham gamble nearly netted one punter over £1m
- Shishkin’s second place has upset the impressive clearance after five wins.
- Galopin Des Champs’ Gold Cup victory secured a multi-million dollar victory
A punter has claimed a £200,000 windfall following Galopin Des Champs’ victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
A bet slip shared by Sun he showed details of a seven-run clearance with the potential to fetch £1,151,851.74, with the first five runs already won.
The entire bet was called off on Thursday after Shishkin was beaten in the Ryanair Chase, with Envoi Allen, trained by Henry of Bromhead, claiming victory with Rachael Blackmore aboard.
However, the punter went into the final day of the festival knowing that Galopin Des Champs simply placing, despite being the overwhelming pre-race market favourite, would see them win a significant sum of the £5 stake.
With the horses reaching the final straight in the feature race of the week, Galopin Des Champs had ground to make up for Protektorat and Bravemansgame.
Galopin Des Champs’ victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday afternoon secured a sizeable windfall
Paul Townend celebrated enthusiastically after riding his third Gold Cup winner at Galopin Des Champs
A bet slip has been shared that appears to show a return of £1m on just a £5 bet, but Thursday’s result for Shishkin has cut potential winnings sharply.
With Willie Mullins insisting the gelding had the stamina and foot spin to claim the Gold Cup, he delivered in spades, with Paul Townend letting him go to accelerate past all challengers to finish seven lengths clear of second. .
The result means that the bettor in question has taken home around £200,000 of their stake.
Through Thursday, it was a remarkable set of results for the kicker. The first victory came on day one, when Rachael Blackmore won an emotional race over Honeysuckle in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle.
Then there was a dramatic victory for Gaillard Du Mesnil, as Mahler Mission fell from a winning position to give away the race in the National Hunt Chase.
Langer Dan then won the Coral Cup on Wednesday, before victories for Energumene and Delta Work made it five out of five.
A luckier bettor is Brighton & Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom, whose gamble on Wednesday netted him one of the biggest wins in Cheltenham’s history.
One leg of the accumulator was Rachael Blackmore’s emotional win at Honeysuckle
Brighton & Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom has already scored one of the biggest wins in Cheltenham history
Bloom left the field with over £1m after his gelding Energumene, trained by Willie Mullins, took the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second year running.
Just over £225,000 of that was the first prize Paul Townend’s mount won for beating Captain Guinness 10 lengths.
Initially, Bloom, a highly acclaimed player behind sports data specialists Starlizard, admitted that he had “got a few pounds” on his horse.
He later revealed that he placed two bets that together totaled £600,000 with Brighton-based bookmaker Star Sport, earning him £830,000.