Saturday 8 October 2022

Royal Ascot - Seven-fold accumulator


Friday, June 22, the penultimate day of Royal Ascot 2022, proved eventful, for contrasting reasons, for two punters who placed through-the-card, seven-fold accumulators. You may have already read about the unfortunate Bailey Grant, who missed out on £83,638.75 by cashing out his £1.06 each-way accumulator for just £463.75 after his first four selections were successful.

However, there was better news for an anonymous William Hill punter. Like Grant, John Doe correctly selected the first four winners, Meditate, Perfect Power, Candleford and Inspiral, in his £2.50 each-way accumulator. Unlike Grant, though, he kept faith in his remaining selections and gained just reward when Heredia, Changingoftheguard and Latin Lover all prevailed, making his bet a winner at accumulative odds of 122,889/1; for the record, those are longer odds than for dying in a skydiving accident or aliens landing on Earth. In any event, for his modest outlay of £5, the plucky punter received £307,464.02. The lucky winner was unavailable for comment but, no doubt, felt a sense of satisfaction that he had held his nerve and prospered in a situation where others had come unstuck.

Tony Kenny, Head of External Communications at William Hill, said, 'Many of our customers try going through the card at the bigger meetings like Royal Ascot or Cheltenham, but few manage it. However, one pulled off the incredible feat of successful choosing all seven winners on the penultimate day of the Royal Meeting at a frankly ridiculous price of 122,889-1.' In the words of Mandy Rice-Davies, 'Well, he would, wouldn't he?'