Educate teaches bookies a lesson

  • Last Updated: October 1 2013, 14:53 BST

The well-backed favourite Educate made it a bad day for the bookmakers when winning the Betfred Cambridgeshire at 8/1 on Saturday.

Educate was a well-backed winner at Newmarket
Educate was a well-backed winner at Newmarket

The first four favourites had already gone in at Newmarket, while well-fancied horses filled the places in the Cambridgeshire.

Seek Again (fifth) and Dance And Dance (sixth) were the horses that did the damage for those firms offering extra places, with Sky Bet going six places each-way in the feature.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Educate was far and away the worst result in the book. We've been hammered in one of the biggest betting races of the season as favourite-backers piled into Johnny Murtagh's mount. It will be remembered by punters as one of the great betting days of the year."

Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said, "We were right up against it when the first three favourites came in with Sun Chariot winner Sky Lantern a hideous result for the firm on the day and in our antepost book. Educate was by far our biggest loser despite going top price the whole field and he just held off Code Of Honour to make it a day to remember for the punters."

Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "We've taken a Cambridgeshire-day caning. If you had written the results it couldn't have been much worse. Three winning favourites at Newmarket coupled with Demora's victory at Haydock means Educate has cost us somewhere in the region of £1 million alone. It's been a day to remember for punters and we hope they enjoy their dough."


Berkshire was trimmed for next year's 2000 Guineas after a gutsy win in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

The Chesham Stakes winner narrowly confirmed Royal Ascot form with Somewhat despite being off the bridle early and he just got up on the line to win by a neck.

Many firms left him unchanged at around 14/1, but William Hill and bet365 cut him to 12/1 from that price while Stan James go as short as 10s.


Impressive Cheveley Park Stakes winner Vorda has been slashed for next year's 1000 Guineas after beating Princess Noor and Kiyoshi at Newmarket.

The Phillipe Sogorb-trained raider settled well, travelled well and quickened well when Olivier Peslier pressed the acceleration button and she was well in control at the line despite winning by just three quarters of a length.

Sky Bet went 12/1 from 25s for the Guineas, with Sportingbet, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes most impressed with that trio going 8/1.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Vorda made a telling impression and the manner in which Olivier Peslier eased her down with the race already won gave us the impression she is much better than the bare result."


Two punters won this weekend's totescoop6 after Educate landed a touch in the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.

Eight tickets plotted a path through to the final leg after Demora scored at Haydock, but Educate's victory means two tickets share the £95,661 win pool and qualify to play for the £103,307 bonus fund next weekend.

Early signs are the winners are both small-staking punters. One placed a £2 straight line bet in a Coral betting office and the other staked £32 through totepool.com.

totepool spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "Educate cost the bookies a fortune this afternoon, but our two Scoop6 winners won't care one jot as they celebrate pocketing over £47,000 each."

A total of £156,676 was bet into today's pool and there were 446 winners of the place fund which returned £17.20.

totescoop6 dividends - 28/09/2013

Win: £47,830.60 - two winners

Place: £17.20 - 446 winners

totescoop6 rollovers - 28/09/2013

Bonus: £103,307

totescoop6 leg breakdown - 28/09/2013

After Leg 1 - 2:00 Newmarket: Berkshire - 38,301

After Leg 2 - 2:30 Newmarket: Vorda - 19,461

After Leg 3 - 2:50 Market Rasen: Bouggler - 70

After Leg 4 - 3:10 Newmarket: Sky Lantern - 42

After Leg 5 - 3:30 Haydock: Demora - 8

After Leg 6 - 3:50 Newmarket: Educate - 2