Mystery punter lands ‘biggest bet of the day’ after winning £50,000 on horse owned by Leicester City owner
A MYSTERY punter was staring a massive £60,000 loss in the face – until the horse he was backing rallied to win to secure a whopping £50,000 bargain.
The incredibly deep-pocketed punter has put the huge sum on a horse that belongs to the owner of Leicester City.
The unknown bettor placed the bet with Star Sports, who are renowned as the biggest layers in the industry.
The punter locked up £60,000 on Leuven Power in an otherwise unremarkable race at Salisbury on Saturday night.
There was first-class action at Newmarket, York and Ascot on Super Saturday.
But the “biggest bet of the day” according to the bookmakers came on this seven-runner race at 6:45 p.m.
The punter bet £60,000 at odds of 5-6, meaning his total return was £110,000.
Leuven Power, a colt owned by King Power, had never won before and was returning for trainer Roger Varian after a 302-day absence.
The most read horse races
DEALS OF THE DAY
William Hill: Bet €10 GET €30 free bets – CLAIM HERE
betting fair – Bet €10 Get €30 – CLAIM HERE
Power of rice: Bet £/€20 and get it back as money if he loses – CLAIM HERE
William Hill: 18 years and over. Play it safe. New customers using promo code H30 only, minimum stake £10/€10, minimum odds 1/2, free bets paid out in 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after first qualifying bet is settled, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply. begambleaware.org
Betfair – Place a bet of at least £10 on Sportsbook with odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in free bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only card deposits will be eligible. The T&Cs apply. Please play responsibly 18+ begambleaware.org
Paddy Power: Bet £/€20 and get it back in cash if he loses – New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sports betting market and if it loses we will refund your CASH stake. The maximum refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made with cards or Apple Pay will be eligible for this promotion. The T&Cs apply. Paddy’s Rewards Club: Get a £/€10 free bet when you place 5 bets of £/€10+. The T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Sky Bet: NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY, FIRST BET SINGLE AND E/W ONLY, 5p MINIMUM BET, 3 x £10 BETTING CHIPS. FREE BET SETS NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUD VIRTUAL BETS. FREE BETS ARE NOT WITHDRAWN. NO FREE BET EXPIRATION. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. 18+ BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
The horse had finished second in its previous race, a Class 3 at Doncaster in September last year.
Interestingly, the horse that won this race was Thunder Max, owned by football superagent Kia Joorabchian’s Amo Racing.
Thunder Max reached an 83 rating, so there were signs that Leuven Power looked like a good bet on an 82 rating in the Novice Stakes.
And, dispatched the giant 4-11 fav, it looked like a good thing.
But the punter undoubtedly had his heart in his mouth as jockey Ray Dawson got down to serious business a little further.
Leuven Power seemed to struggle behind 15-2 Karuoka, who seemed to find plenty under George Downing.
But the bet on the horse’s class was finally announced as Leuven Power lost the winner by three quarter lengths.
The bookmakers on this occasion might consider themselves properly stoned.
But again, that £50,000 liability pales in comparison to the £540,000 the same bookmaker stood to lose on a monster bet in January.
Another mystery punter has stuck £360,000 on Energumene – a horse owned by Brighton supremo Tony Bloom – to beat Shishkin.
Stable star Nicky Henderson has just won in a thriller at Ascot, which means the punter has lost his huge stake.
But Bloom had the last laugh as Energumene won the Champion Chase at Cheltenham at the expense of Shishkin.
FREE BETS GET OVER £2,000 IN LISTING OFFERS HERE
Commercial Content Notice: Subscribing to any of the bookmaker offers featured in this article may result in payment to The Sun. 18+. The T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org
Remember to gamble responsibly
A responsible player is a person who: