Another Magnificent Seven

A magnificent seven at Ascot isn’t just achieved by Frankie Dettori. A lucky punter placed a £2.50 each/way accumulator on the penltimate day of Royal Ascot and won £307,464.
The bet was placed at William Hill and had odds of 122,889/1 but all seven of his selections won, though there were a fair few nervous moments.

The unnamed winner might just fancy a holiday in Ireland. That’s because five of the seven horses he backed were trained there.

His bet on Friday June 17 began with Mediate, trained by Aidan O’Brien. His selection made all to win by a length and three quarters at odds of 5/2.

Choosing the right distance for a horse is a tough job sometimes. The 3.05 saw Perfect Power (7/2 joint favourite) back in distance after only finishing seventh in the 2000 Guineas. Moving back to six furlongs from a mile paid off and a one and a quarter length win kept the bet alive.

Candleford was the next horse backed and went off at 11/2. There were a few worries early on as the Irish trained horse was at the rear of the field. However, the ground was made up and success was achieved. It’s a good job that history didn’t repeat itself though. Last year at Ascot, Candleford was disqualified after his jockey weighed in late after the race. Thankfully, that didn’t happen this time around.

Frankie Dettori famously won seven races in a day at Ascot. He was riding the next selection in this accumulator. Inspiral was pushed along early in the race and at the rear. Frankie got to work though and his ride went clear in the final furlong to win at 15/8.

There were still three races to go and more concern came in the 5.00. Heredia was the 7/2 favourite but was a bit short of room. That problem was solved, and the selection won by a length. It did hang left in the final furlong and hampered the second but avoided what would have been a costly disqualification.

The penultimate race was the 5.35 and another Irish horse. Changingtheguard (an apt name for a horse running at Royal Ascot) was sweating before the start. The nervous gambler was probably doing the same. The 11/10 favourite just held on to win by a short head. That might not have been the case if the second hadn’t hung badly left in the final furlong.

It was all down to the last race and the selection was another Irish horse, Latin Lover. The 5/1 shot was involved in another close finish but won by half a length to clinch victory and win the punter his fantastic bet.

William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny said of the bet: “Many of our customers try going through the card at the bigger meetings like Royal Ascot or Cheltenham but few manage it.” However, this customer pulled off “the incredible feat.”

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