The made their fans wait until the final day of the season, but Norwich bagged themselves the Championship title. Thanks to the Canaries flying high, one punter (and Canaries fan) pocketed more than £1,600 on their success.
73-year-old Trevor Milton had packed three different bets across the course of the season on Norwich finishing in first place this season in the second tier.
Just a few games into the season, Milton placed a £5 each way on them coming out on top, at a price of 50/1. He made a second £25 each-way bet at 40/1, followed by a £20 win-only bet in November when the odds dropped to 4/1.
It wasn’t actually that strong of a start from Norwich this season. They won only one of their first six league games (D2 L3). Two of those loses were at home against West Brom and Leeds, two of the other main contenders who were expected to put down strong title challenges at the start of the season.
After their rocky start, the Canaries went on to lose just three more games across the course of the campaign. They were undefeated in their final fourteen games of the term and they completed the season with a 27 match scoring streak.
They did make their fans sweat in the end. A four-match sequence of draws in the middle of April saw Norwich’s lead at the top dwindle with Sheffield United putting pressure on them. The Blades had the chance to beat them to the title on the final day of the season, but Norwich closed the door on them with an away win at playoff-bound Aston Villa
Business own Mr Milton said: “I liked the youngsters in the squad and the mix of players, and I could see something.
“The league is not that good and I could see the enthusiasm from the youngsters and thought it was worth a punt.”
He said the £1,625 winnings were paid directly into his account by Bet365 at 2 pm on Sunday. Milton explained that he intends to back Norwich to get a top ten finish in the Premier League next season.
A life-changing sum of money was won recently by a Kildare punter, who enjoyed a stunning day of racing success. They had played a €2.50 bet too leave bookmaker Boylesports digging deep into their pockets.
Big wins like that don’t come about without some ambitious betting of course. This successful bet was sevenfold accumulator from the recent Punchestown Festival and it returned €84,000. Staggeringly, more than half of that total was actually through bonuses.
The 7 fold acca actually won €36,373.62 on its own. However, when the bet was settled, the best odds guaranteed that Boylesports offer bumped the winnings up to a whole new level. It added a whopping €48,277.71 on to the bet.
The best odds guarantee ensures that punters are paid out when they finish with bigger prices than what they were when the bet was struck.
Musical Slave (7/1), Zero Ten (13/8), Elimay (5/1) and Minella Indo (5/1) all did the business for the punter in the opening races of the day, before Ruby Walsh delivered a win on Kemboy, the jockey bringing the curtain down on his career.
So when 1/2 selection Colreavy and 13/8 shot Gypsy Island won the 6.40 and 7.45 respectively, that made it sevens wins from seven predictions for the punter.
Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for Boylesports said: “We have no doubt that our big winner in Kildare will remember this day for a very long time and rightly so.
“To scoop over €84,000 from a flutter of just €2.50 is an absolute masterstroke, but they deserve every cent because not everyone can nail 7 winners on one racecard. We send them massive congratulations!”
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.”