A solo player landed a dream win from the Boosted £15,000 Win 6 pool at Ballinrobe on Tuesday, turning a £12 stake into an incredible £7,290.92.
The meeting began at 17:30 and Stratum was the easiest of starters for the majority of entrants into the pool. The six-year-old Gelding justified starting odds of 1/6 and led from start to finish.
Only 57 units fell from the initial 2,013 in the pool, with hardly anyone daring to go against the dominant favourite. However, that certainly wasn’t the case in the second leg, the result of which decimated the pool.
As the field leaped the final flight, the third favourite, Castle North, and 14/1 outsider Pakens Rock were clear of the field and vying for the win. It was a tremendously exciting contest between the pair down the home strait and, with yards to go, it looked as though Pakens Rock had the win sewn up. However, Castle North managed to find something extra right at the death and got his nose in front to steal the victory.
As a consequence of the result, our player was through to the third leg of a greatly reduced pool. In the space of a single race, 1,956 units had dropped to 164, a 92% reduction.
The third leg saw another three-quarters of the remaining units fall, as 5/1 second favourite Sole Pretender won comfortably having led for much of the race. The horse was aptly named as it was the sole selection our player had made on their ticket, meaning they were through to the fourth leg unscathed.
Similar success stories unfolded in the fourth and fifth legs. The player had selected the respective favourites, Oskar High and Wicklow Brave, and both ended up comfortable in victory.
With five winning legs on the board, the player had navigated their way to the pool’s finale and things were looking great. They had consolation money in the bank regardless of what happened next but, with two runners saved for the last, there was a distinct possibility that things were going to get even better.
The player had opted to avoid the 2/1 favourite, Ask Susan, and instead place their faith in 2016 Cheltenham Winner, Mall Dini, as well as Peregrine Run. Mall Dini briefly led but soon dropped to the rear of the field before eventually pulling up. However, Peregrine Run remained in serious contention.
Pylonthepressure and Ask Susan went clear of the chasing pack in the latter stages but Peregrine Run refused to be left behind and chased them to the penultimate hurdle, which the trio all jumped simultaneously.
Ask Susan gradually tailed off and, having cleared the final jump, it was Pylonthepressure and Peregrine Run who raced for the line with the former just having the edge.
In a thrilling finish, Peregrine Run managed to nick the victory on the line and land the player a mightily impressive sixth straight winner.
Just two units remained in the pool, meaning that they received a £7,290 share for their efforts, a 607x increase on the original stake. Well done on a fantastic effort, spend it wisely!