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Newbury winners seal bumper payout for lucky punter

A retired accountant has won more than £450,000 after placing a 20p racing bet.

Rickety Bridge Handicap Hurdle Race at Newbury Credit: PA

The North Londoner, who does not want to be named, placed an accumulator bet on seven horses running at Newbury, Lingfield and Doncaster on Friday.

Ladbrokes bookmakers said it was after the horse Mcvicar beat the hot favourite in the 5:05pm at Doncaster that six of his picks had won.

He was also a winner with Dinsdale and Wishicould at Newbury, although another pick, Bendomingo, lost.

Racing at Newbury on Friday Credit: PA

The lifelong racing fan didn't bother to check all of the results after Bendomingo lost at Newbury.

I checked a couple of the early results on my tablet but then after seeing one of them had lost I didn't bother to see how the rest of the horses had got on.

The next thing I knew, someone from Ladbrokes was phoning me to congratulate me for winning nearly half a million quid and to ask how I'd like the money, and I had no idea what he was talking about.

– Winning punter
Jumping for joy at Newbury Credit: PA

The retired accountant said he was completely speechless and the win would take a few days to sink in properly.

We're sure this is one bet our customer won't be able to forget now and we couldn't be happier to pay the winnings to a lifelong racing fan.

We're sure from now he'll follow racing results more closely as they come in."

– Alex Donohue from Ladbrokes