A legendary Irish gambler recently hit the bookies and won with five “returning” horses on British tracks. Barney Curley, well known for being a punter in modern times, is believed to have some connections with four of the horses that returned from layoffs to win at Kempton, Catterick and Lingfield recently.
Some of the leading bookmakers were putting down claims of what was referred to as a multi-million pound bloodbath, but an insider in the industry suggests the loss was about 2.4 million Euro. A Paddy Power spokesman stated the punt was a “weapons grade coup.”
According to David Stevens of Coral, though the company had avoided some of the larger prices, there were several bets made on the four horses in the shop and online, and the number increased the more the word went around that the gamble was taking place.
Because all four horses had won, the company was forced to pay out six figures, and the losses estimated on the industry is about £2 million for the industry, which is still just as costly as other claims.
A punter who had a £1 accumulator bet would have been able to pick up approximately £13,000 in winnings as a result of these horses related to Curley.
Curley is well known for having staged a betting coup in Ireland back in 1975 that granted him about £300,000. With the Bellewstown race track only having a single phone line, Curley made it so that his team would tie up the line by discussing a dead relative so any attempts to intervene would be swatted away. As the phone line was tied up, it was not possible for bookmakers to tell the representatives that a coup was occurring, and Yellow Sam won at 20-1.