Loyalty has paid off for a Betfred customer who virtually went through the card at Chester to win £41,848, courtesy of two extraordinary bets on the horses.
Sean Croney (pictured below) – the first customer through the door at the Betfred shop in Worcester when it opened 11 years ago – is now planning a dream holiday with his family in the Maldives.
He’s been so close with his regular Goliath bet, and accompanying accumulator, that he didn’t check out the results of his last two races on his two coupons ….. and only realised he’d hit the jackpot when he saw the beaming smile of Betfred shop manager Andrew Kerr the next morning!
Ex-council storeman Sean, aged 51, who often cycles to put his bet on from his home in Worcester, is also a keen angler. He’ll be using some of his big winnings to buy replacement tackle.
The secret to his success is to back favourite jockeys – and in particular ex-champion Ryan Moore, red-hot at present, who won on Outgate, Star of India, and Temple of Artemis.
He was also first past the post with Look Out Louis, Hamish, and Pride of America; with California Gem a non-runner. His eighth selection Deevious Beau triumphed in his last race, the 5pm, at Chelmsford.
So having picked the same eight horses for his 10p Goliath and £1 acca, Sean won a grand total of £41,848 ….. his best-ever win, which he says has left him “chuffed to bits.”
He said: “I have been so close many, many times, and on this occasion I just didn’t bother checking the last two races. Next morning I knew I’d won well though, when I saw Andrew.
“I have not travelled much in my life, only to Cyprus for a wedding, and once to Spain with my sister. Now I’m off to the Maldives with my sister and nephews, where I will be trying out scuba diving, and even water ski-ing.
I absolutely love getting a bet on, and check out the form for that afternoon’s racing at 5.30am when I start my day. Win or lose, I just enjoy the thrill.
“Along with fishing, my regular visits to Betfred on my mountain bike are my main hobbies. I have been a Betfred customer a long time and a win like this is life-changing for me ..… I’m just chuffed to bits.”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Sean has done remarkably well to win so much from such a small stake. His winnings have been boosted by more than £11,000 thanks to our promotions and guaranteed best starting prices on some of his races. I’d like to wish this most loyal of customers a cracking times in the Maldives.”
Manager Andrew, with Sean. Very well played, Sir.