Saturday was arguably the biggest day in British betting history. The Tote’s Scoop6 bet, which had rolled over for 12 weeks resulting in a £10.5 million win fund and a £5.5 million bonus fund, was finally won by eight separate ticket holders.
The final leg, the Silver Bowl at Haydock, had all but one of the horses in the 14 strong field covered, so it was pretty much a certainty by that stage that it was going to get won, and it was the Alan King trained Chatez who emerged victorious under Fergus Sweeney to crown eight people as millionaires.
One of those tickets was held by Craig Brazier, who is a 39 year old wheelie-bin cleaner from Mansfield who was playing the Scoop6 for just the third time and played with a straight £2 line.
The Scoop6 has had a rich history of producing stories such as this one, for example Agnes Haddock a few years ago won a very big sum from just a £2 stake, and she now runs her own Scoop6 syndicate online through her website.
Those eight winners will now have a chance at winning the £5.5 million bonus fund next Saturday on whichever race is selected by Totepool.
As for the action on the track this weekend, it was Irish Guineas weekend at The Curragh, and Kingman was devastating in the Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday, going one better than he did in the English equivalent at Newmarket, for John Gosden and jockey James Doyle. He led home a British 1-2 with Shifting Power in second. Kingman will now take on the horse that defeated him at Newmarket, Night Of Thunder at Royal Ascot in the St James Palace Stakes.
On Sunday, it was the fillies turn to strut their stuff, and Marvellous won it for Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore, staying on strongly past near enough the whole field to catch Olly Stevens’ Lightning Thunder inside the final furlong.
Also on Sunday, James Doyle followed up his success in the Tattersalls Gold Cup after making all on Lady Cecil’s Noble Mission, beating Magician in the process. Doyle of course won it in 2013 with the brilliant Al Kazeem.