Weekend Winners: Details of big payouts, punting tales and winning tips

We celebrate the best bets that have come in over weekend
We celebrate the best bets that have come in over weekend

Sporting Life's Darts expert Chris Hammer was at it again this weekend while one Sky Bet customer won big on the football...


It was another profitable darts tournament for followers of our Chris Hammer although they agonisingly missed out on a bumper payout on the final weekend of the World Matchplay.

Having already secured an 11/1 winner from his pre-tournament betting preview when Glen Durrant won the first quarter of the draw thanks to victories over Adrian Lewis, Michael van Gerwen and James Wade, his two 25/1 each-way tips were in semi-final action on what turned out to be a dramatic Saturday night.

Daryl Gurney, one of those selected by Chris, looked on course to book his place in his first Winter Gardens final when leading 14-7 in a race to 16 legs, but suddenly imploded as Rob Cross staged one of the greatest darting comebacks ever seen to triumph 17-15.

Fortunately there was no such collapse from his other tip Michael Smith when he stormed into an 8-2 advantage over Durrant as he went on to complete a 17-10 victory and reach his fourth major final.

But despite a plucky comeback from 9-0 down, Bully Boy was unable to break his major duck 24 hours later as Cross held on for a 17-13 victory to claim the second major title of his career.

Nevertheless, followers of Chris' tips still returned a healthy profit as well as those who kept a close eye on his daily previews which he provides for all the big events. He was on fire for much of the tournament including on Tuesday when five of his best bets came in at 5/4, 8/1, 13/5, 3/1 and 12/1.

This success isn't a rare occurrence, as regular followers of his work will know.

In the other televised tournaments previewed in 2019, he successfully tipped Nathan Aspinall to win the UK Open at 125/1 while at the recent German Darts Masters, he found the winner and runner-up in Peter Wright at 10/1 and Gabriel Clemens at 80/1.

So follow him at @ChrisHammer180 on Twitter - or at www.sportinglife.com/darts for more expert insight.

Racing tipsters in profit at Ascot

On an unforgettable day of racing at Ascot on Saturday, Oli Bell's best bets column enjoyed a profitable afternoon thanks to Raising Sand's victory in the International Stakes at 10/1, while Simon Holt also came out on top thanks to each-way returns in the very same race.

Oli and Simon will be previewing every day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting which kicks off on Tuesday.

Sky Bet customer wins 20k

Many racing fans will remember Enable's rousing victory in the King George for many years to come and for one Sky Bet punter, Saturday will be a day he will never forget.

Jarod, from Guernsey, won a huge £75,000 when his £75 four-fold came in, though he did have to sweat for it in the end.

With victories for Ocasio Cortez, Raising Sand and Shamson already in the bag, Jarod was waiting in Triple Distilled in the finale at York to bring up the final leg.

It wasn't plain sailing, though, jockey Rowan Scott forced to sit and suffer on the stands' rail before eventually getting in the clear as Kapono slipped the field with a furlong to run.

To his credit, Triple Distilled picked up really well, motoring home in the closing stages and just getting up in the shadows of the post.

A nervous watch for Jarod, no doubt, but well worth it in the end!

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