Tiger Roll became the first horse to secure back to back Grand National successes since Red Rum’s famous achievement in 1974. Gordon Elliott’s star stayer turned up at Aintree once again and showed the field what he was made of by achieving the rare feat.
There had been so much support for Tiger Roll going into the 2019 Grand National that he was as short as 7/2 with bookmakers to get the win under his belt.
One punter at Boylesports had included Tiger Roll in a €2 each-way Lucky 15 bet from Saturday’s racing at Aintree.
4/1 Ornua kicked the bet into gear as the first selection, before If The Cap Fits, backed at 13/2, and 6/1 shot Kildisart triumphed to make it three wins from the opening legs of the Lucky 15. So that left everyone hanging on Tiger Roll and his title defence at the Grand National.
With his victory in the National, it meant that 15 bets had landed on that Lucky 15 ticket, which returned a grand total of €7,930.78 from a €60 stake. The return included special bonuses for two fo the winner had been at bigger SP’s.
Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for Boylesports said: “Hats off to our Offaly customer who is toasting Tiger Roll’s Grand National victory more than most. It must have been a nail-biting watch in the big one, but their canny picks have paid off and we hope they enjoy a well-deserved treat with their winnings.”
Paddy Power are launching another Finders Keeper cash giveaway on Wednesday. This is a popular little competition that they throw out there now and again and their customers don’t even have to do anything to be in line with a shot at winning.
In celebration of the US Masters 2019, they will be running a Live Show on Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday, April 10th between 7-8pm. Taking part in the show will be TV star Owen Colgan and three lucky punters who had won a previous competition to attend.
At 7 pm on Wednesday, April 10th, the bookmaker will randomly place €/£5,000 into a random customers account.
The customer has five minutes to claim the free cash and if they don’t it will be withdrawn and relocated into a different account. Also if the money is not found within 5 minutes the prize sum will be increased by up to €/£10,000 until it is claimed, up to a maximum of €/£60,000.
The cash drop will run for one hour starting at 7 pm and ending at 8 pm.
So Paddy Power customers have to keep on checking their account with 5 minutes of the money being dropped. If it’s there, it must be claimed by withdrawing some or all of the funds or by placing a bet/playing with some of the cash.
Tiger Roll created history by making it back to back Grand National wins over the weekend, causing bookmakers a headache at the office. Paddy Power announced that one customer had defied odds of 3,175/1 to land a winner on Saturday at Aintree.
The punter had played Gordon Elliott’s super stayer as part of an exhilarating fivefold parlay. Six selections had been made combined into fivefold. Aux Ptits Soins kicked things off with an 11/1 success before If The Cap Fits grabbed the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle.
Tiger Roll had gone off as 7/2 favourite in the Grand National and he didn’t disappoint in his title defence. The bet rolled on and when Chief Justice collected a win in the bet at 7/1 odds in the final race of the day on the Aintree Card, the painter had had five wins.
The sixth selection Chosen Mate, a 9/1 fifth-placed finisher earlier in the day was the only one not to deliver. The payout would have gone through the roof if he had delivered a win. The winning punter still brought in a £3,811 return.
Bookmaker Betfred have donated £1.25m to the charity fund for the Royal Manchester Hospital. The Hospital is looking for £4m for important equipment and the lump sum delivered by Betfred has helped them get over the halfway point of reaching their tally.
Betfred owner Fred Done donated all profits from bets placed on the Cheltenham Festival 2019 taken in high street shops to the appeal. The fundraising campaign is for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) equipment which will be used for children who have debilitating and life-threatening conditions such as epilepsy, brain tumours and brain trauma.
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “It is truly humbling that I have been able to help with this appeal for much-needed equipment. I think Mo had a word with God telling him to give some help to the children. There could not have been a better result for the scanner appeal than the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.
“From my own sad experience, I know how important it is to have world-class equipment available to help save the lives of your loved ones. The new scanner will save the lives of seriously ill children brought to Manchester from all over the country and that is a fitting tribute to Mo’s memory. I feel privileged that I have been able to help.”
Kathy Cowell OBE DL, Chairman of Manchester Foundation Trust, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Fred Done for his commitment to our cause. This staggering donation will make a huge difference to this life saving and life changing Appeal taking us to the halfway stage of the money we so desperately need. We cannot thank Fred enough for his support.”
Looking back at the third round of the FA Cup there were plenty of upsets going around. League One side Gillingham took out Premier League side Cardiff for instance, while Newport County from League Two pulled off an even bigger shock in beating Leicester.
Other big winners pulling off shock wins included non-league Barnet beating Championship side Sheffield United and Oldham taking out Fulham.
24-year-old Laura Ward from Sheffield collected a great return of £8,800 from Betfred off a £1 bet on FA Cup giant-killers. The savvy punter correctly predicted four FA Cup third round upsets.
The picks that the punter went with were League Two’s Oldham taking a win at Premier League side Fulham at 9/1, Millwall beating Hull at 6/5 (the Lions were favourites), League One’s Doncaster getting the better of Championship side Preston at 3/1, non-league side Barnet beating Sheffield United, and that win for Newport over Leicester City.
The selections went into an accumulator.
Laura said: “I studied the Seventh Heaven coupon for about an hour and went for all the underdogs apart from Millwall beating Hull.
“I still can’t believe it, to win so much that could well transform my life for the sake of just £1 – it’s amazing!”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “The third round might be fun for some people but it cost me well over half a million, with so many shock results and football fans like Laura picking my pocket with such tiny stakes.
Sometimes those big bold bets do indeed pay off. A Stevenage man has collected a pretty cool £40,000 return from a huge bet struck at Betfred on Saturday, November 3rd action. The wager was a 14-fold acca which covered matches from five division across England and Scotland.
Nick Lavranos nailed the lucky Saturday by selecting some bankers in the wager and then decided to rely on his knowledge to piece the rest of the bet together, leaning heavily on favourites for the wager. One of them was backing Newcastle to get their first league win of the season as they faced Watford, while West Ham struck in the second half of their game to beat Burnley.
The biggest drama of all in the bet was from the Blackburn v QPR match from the Championship. Bradley Dack struck a penalty kick just the minutes from time for Rovers to keep the bet alive, while Barnsley got a late one at home against Southend in League One, also three minutes from time.
Stevenage, the hometown club of Lavranos left it late to triumph over Oldham in their game while he relied on Celtic to win the top-duel with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.
The Bet In Full – £5 stake returns £39,130
Everton 8/15 to beat Brighton
Newcastle 11/8 to beat Watford
West Ham 8/11 to beat Burnley
Blackburn 5/4 to beat QPR
Brentford 10/11 to beat Millwall
Derby 5/6 to beat Birmingham
Nottm Forest 7/4 to beat Sheffield United
Barnsley 2/3 to beat Southampton
Sunderland 2/3 to beat Plymouth
Lincoln 2/3 to beat Forest Green
Stevenage 11/8 to beat Oldham
Tranmere 6/5 to beat Exeter
Celtic 1/4 to beat Hearts
Motherwell 8/11 to beat Dundee