Scoop6 agony for Thirsk punter
Heartbreak for one intrepid punter came in a dramatic handicap at Thirsk as the huge Tote Scoop6 prize rolled over for a 12th week.
The win and bonus funds for the bet totalled over £10million ahead of races at Newbury, Newmarket and Thirsk, with the 4.00 event at the latter receiving terrestrial coverage on Channel 4 with three horses covered by potential winning tickets.
One backer had two of the runners, including Escape To Glory who was to go agonisingly close to being perfectly named when almost getting upsides Llanarmon Lad deep inside the final furlong of the Marion Gibson Brown Memorial Handicap.
But just as it looked like £6,874,345 would be landed, the Brian Ellison-trained winner found more to score by a length and a quarter at 16-1. The same punter had the sixth-placed Justonefortheroad.
One other punter had the third home Capaill Liath.
A 20-1 shock from Front Page News in the first leg at Newmarket had knocked out plenty of tickets, and there were only 283 slips left after third leg with a mere 41 still standing after leg four.
Tote representatives suggested £15million could be in the pools next Saturday.