Punter wins £200,000 after Galopin Des Champs claims victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup having missed out on a potential £1m windfall following Shishkin’s defeat on Thursday
- An incredible Cheltenham bet almost earned one punter more than £1 million
- Shishkin’s second-place finish has altered the impressive punt after five wins
- Galopin Des Champs’ victory in the Gold Cup ensured multi-thousand pound win
A punter has claimed a windfall of £200,000 following Galopin Des Champs’ victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
A betslip shared by the Sun showed details of a seven-race punt with the potential to land £1,151,851.74, with the first five races already won.
The full bet was off on Thursday after Shishkin was beaten in the Ryanair Chase, with the Henry de Bromhead-trained Envoi Allen claiming victory with Rachael Blackmore on board.
However, the punter went into the final day of the festival knowing that Galopin Des Champs merely placing, despite being the overwhelming market favourite leading up to the race, would see them rake in a significant sum from the £5 bet.
With the horses turning into the final straight in the week’s showpiece race, Galopin Des Champs had ground to make up on Protektorat and Bravemansgame.
Galopin Des Champs’ victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday afternoon ensured sizeable windfall
Paul Townend celebrated wildly after riding his third Gold Cup winner in Galopin Des Champs
A betslip has been shared that appears to show a £1 million return on just a £5 stake, but Thursday’s result for Shishkin has drastically lowered the potential winnings
With Willie Mullins insistent that the gelding had the stamina and turn of foot to claim the Gold Cup, he more than delivered, with Paul Townend letting him go to accelerate beyond all challengers and finish seven lengths clear of second.
The result means the punter in question has taken home some £200,000 from his bet.
Until Thursday, it was a remarkable set of results for the punter. The first win came on day one, as Rachael Blackmore won an emotional race on Honeysuckle in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle.
There was then a dramatic victory for Gaillard Du Mesnil, as Mahler Mission fell from a winning position to give the race away in the National Hunt Chase.
Langer Dan then won the Coral Cup on Wednesday, before wins from Energumene and Delta Work made it five from five.
One punter who had more luck is Brighton & Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom, whose bet on Wednesday that earned him one of the biggest wins in Cheltenham history.
One leg of the accumulator was Rachael Blackmore’s emotional win on Honeysuckle
Brighton & Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom has already picked up one of the biggest wins in Cheltenham history
Bloom left the course more than £1m better off after his Willie Mullins-trained gelding Energumene landed the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second year running.
Just over £225,000 of that was the first prize Paul Townend’s mount earned for beating Captain Guinness 10 lengths.
Initially Bloom, an acclaimed gambler behind sports data specialists Starlizard, admitted he’d ‘had a few quid’ on his horse.
He later revealed placing two bets which together totalled £600,000 with Brighton-based bookmaker Star Sport, winning him £830,000.
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