Weekend Winners: Details of large weekend payouts from Sky Bet

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Sky Bet were at (fives) sixes and sevens on Saturday as one racing punter copped in the region of £22,000 from just £34 staked.

The customer, from Colchester, made eight selections across four race meetings and could afford to swallow a loser at Leopardstown with the other seven doing the business.

Commander Of Fleet was first to oblige at 13/2, before Field Gun (5/2) and Kachy (11/10) followed suit on the all-weather.

Uradel's defeat back at Leopardstown then proved to be the only afternoon disappointment as Global Acclamation (6/1), Le Richebourg (2/1) and Central City (9/4) took care of business to ensure serious running-money onto Distant Mirage at Kempton in the evening.

Despite drifting before the off, James Tate's filly always looked in command to fund a smash-up by the banks of the River Colne.

The punter collected £4879.57 from his five-folds, £7,786.67 from the six-folds and £8,075.82 from the seven-folds, and while Uradel's defeat was an expensive one, at least it didn't force them to ponder why they hadn't thrown a pound at the eight-fold.

Commander Of Fleet scores at Leopardstown
Commander Of Fleet kicked off a superb racing multiple

Making the delay pay

On a difficult day for the layers, Leopardstown's high-profile meeting throwing up a trio of short-priced bankers and three more fancied horses, one Scottish punter got out at exactly the right time to win almost £8,000.

Mr Murphy had a £1.50 each-way seven-fold, starting with Kachy, but after the first five had obliged decided to cut and run for a cash out offer of £7,915.64.

Alone, that's a pretty serious result, but consider this: had all races run on time, the fifth leg of the bet would have in fact been a loser, with Court House finishing a well-held third to stablemate Wissahickon.

However, Lingfield's races were put back by almost half an hour due to TV scheduling, ITV having secured the rights to three races from Ireland in the expectation that Sandown's card would fall foul of the weather.

Talk about a perfect storm. At the revised timings, the punter had ample time to ponder his offer, see that Wissahickon was a strong, hard-to-beat favourite and that final selection Give Me A Copper had been weak in the market, and in the end he made an excellent decision.

As it happened, both horses placed which meant he'd have won around a thousand pounds anyway. Still, he's almost seven thousand up on that after a stroke of good fortune and a strong sense of timing.

A game of two very similar halves

It wasn't only racing fans who struck gold as, despite some peculiar results, a selection of speculative football punters managed to make it a winning weekend.

One turned a pound into £1,241 with a four-fold on Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Wolves all to win both halves of their respective matches, a 45th-minute goal from the latter's Raul Jimenez proving pivotal.

Another rolled-up games at Everton, Brentford, West Brom, Southend, Hibs and Alloa, selecting both teams to score in the first half of each. That remarkable accumulator helped turn 50 pence into more than £1,800.

Finally, a £5 correct-score treble on the results at Burnley (1-1), Bristol City (2-0) and Southend (1-2) at odds of over 700/1 proved bang on the money.

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