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Leopardstown: Beautiful win for Profound Beauty

Profound Beauty ran out an emphatic winner of the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown last night.

Sent off the 4/11 favourite, she made all under Pat Smullen and was never seriously threatened as the Dermot Weld-trained mare enjoyed what amounted to a confidence-boosting spin.

Akzar ran well enough to take second, three lengths behind Profound Beauty, who was winning for the sixth time at the Dublin track.

Bookies were quick to react with a 14/1 from 16s quote for the Melbourne Cup.

Johnny Murtagh rode a 50-1 treble at Leopardstown last night, two of them for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Benburb trainer Jim Lambe was on target last night at Sligo, |5-2 shot Kingsmoss getting home in the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Quite a lot of you, it seems. And come on, just how difficult can it be to pick six winners in six races, of which the biggest field is 10?

The answer yesterday, without a single successful winning favourite involved, turned out to be very nearly impossible. The lure, a Tote Jackpot pool of a record £2,308,852 went begging. But there was the consolation of almost a quarter of a million going to a small-time £4 punter.

The record total was made up of the £981,875 carried over from Newcastle on Wednesday, when a 40-1 shock winner brought to an end most hopes in the daily bet, and the £1,326,977 added during the morning as wind of the huge reward blew round racecourses, betting shops and online accounts.

The Jackpot had not been won since last Monday week ago at Yarmouth — the theatre of dreams that staged yesterday's potentially life-changing denouement was Haydock.

Starkat's half-length success produced a dividend of £113,054.10 to each £1 stake.

But for one as yet unidentified punter in a Ladbrokes shop, there was an even more significant result.

A total wager of £4, with the winning bet to a £2 unit stake, brought a return of £226,108.20. And an afternoon's excitement that is probably priceless.

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