Cheltenham Festival punter can win £1,000 without horse even running thanks to miraculous £20 bet | The Sun

A CHELTENHAM Festival punter can win £1,000 without his horse even running – thanks to a miraculous £20 bet.

But he has vowed NOT to cash out and take his chance at the £8,000 jackpot should Epatante win the Mares' Hurdle.

The ridiculous ante-post double has odds of around 400-1 – but leg one is already in thanks to Cachet's victory in the 1000 Guineas back in May.

George Boughey's stable star was sent off 16-1 for the Newmarket special but the punter backed her to win at a whopping 50-1.

Showing incredible foresight, they included that punt with Epatante to win the Mares' at next month's Festival.

Her odds were 16-1 then but now she is a best-price 4-1.

As a consequence of Cachet's win and Epatante's price shortening, the punter can cash out their £20 stake for £1,048 right now.

Letting it run will return a massive £8,068.

Most read in Horse Racing


Trainer humiliated after placing £2,000 bet on his horse for Cheltenham Festival


Bash the bookies with these three longshots including a monster 33-1 pick


My NAP looks a steal at 7-4 after making a mockery of rivals last time


Bash the bookies with these massive longshots at Naas and Fontwell


William Hill: Bet £10 Get £40 in free bets CLAIM HERE

Betfair: Bet £10 Get £30CLAIM HERE

Paddy Power: Bet £20 and get it back as Cash if it LosesCLAIM HERE

Sky Bet: Bet £10 on Racing and get £30 in free betsCLAIM HERE

Coral: Bet £5 Get £20CLAIM HERE

William Hill: 18+. Play Safe. When you sign-up via Mobile using promo code P40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply. Virtual markets excluded. #ad

Betfair – Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly 18+

Paddy Power: New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any market at odds of min 2.0 (EVS) and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+

Sky Bet: New customers only. First single & e/w bet only odds of 1/1 or greater. 3 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets only redeemable on horse racing. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further t&cs apply.

Coral: Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cash-out, restrictions & T&Cs apply. 18+ T&Cs Apply.

As things stand, it looks like a game of chess between the punter and Epatante's trainer Nicky Henderson.

The 2020 Champion Hurdle winner and dual runner-up to Honeysuckle in the same contest could still be aimed at the big race on the opening day.

Henderson's other horse Constitution Hill is around 1-3 and looks a shoo-in to win.

But Henderson forgot to enter Epatante – who hosed up in a Grade 2 at Doncaster when last seen – in the Mares'.

He will have to pay a £5,000 supplementary fee for her to run in the race she has a much greater chance of winning.

Epatante, who is owned by legendary Irish billionaire JP McManus, has finished a well-beaten second behind Constitution Hill on both their runs together.

She is 33-1 for the Champion Hurdle, so while she could nick a place, in all likelihood the Mares' looks the most obvious chance of glory.

Mind you, that race is hot in itself, with dual Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle the 9-4 fav.

Marie's Rock, who could go to the Stayers' Hurdle, is 7-2, while Love Envoi, Echoes In Rain and Brandy Love are 6-1, 7-1 and 8-1 respectively.


Commercial content notice: Taking one of the bookmaker offers featured in this article may result in a payment to The Sun. 18+. T&Cs apply.

Remember to gamble responsibly

A responsible gambler is someone who:

  • Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
  • Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
  • Never chases their losses
  • Doesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry or depressed
  • Gamcare –
  • Gamble Aware –

Source: Read Full Article