Belfast Telegraph

Bet man plans 'good old party'

A lucky stable lad who won £1 million (1.2 million euro) on a Cheltenham accumulator bet has vowed to return to Ireland for a "good old party".

Conor Murphy, 31, from the small village of Ballineen, west Cork, said his massive windfall on a £50 wager had family and friends jumping for joy back home.

"It's a great day for the parish," he said. "I'll go home some time soon and we'll celebrate. We'll have a good old party some night."

Mr Murphy, who works for trainer Nicky Henderson in Lambourn, Berkshire, picked up the cash after correctly predicting the winners of five races - all trained by Mr Henderson.

"It's unbelievable odds - I'm still in shock," he said. "I'm sure anyone will tell you when they're having a bet they're not expecting any return. When that money is down, the money is gone and that's what happens most of the time."

The Corkman said he did not think until Wednesday evening - when he was four up with one to go - that he had a realistic chance of pulling off the lucrative bet, placed last November.

"We had a brilliant day Wednesday and we were out celebrating Wednesday night, it was a brilliant night, and I was sick enough yesterday morning," Mr Murphy said.

"There wasn't much time for getting nervous about the (final) race, but as soon as the horse passed the line the hangover was gone out the window as quick as could be - it was brilliant."

Sprinter Sacre kicked off his winning spree with victory in Tuesday's Arkle, Simonsig in the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle and Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase obliged on Wednesday, along with Finian's Rainbow, which Mr Murphy looks after, in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. James Nesbitt's Riverside Theatre's victory in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday sealed the win.

Despite the bumper payout, he has vowed to continue working and Mr Henderson revealed his "linchpin" member of staff was already back working in the stable after celebrating his win.

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