While you may not be having any luck at this year’s Cheltenham racing festival, one stable hand from Ireland scooped a massive €1.2million win from a simple €60 bet yesterday. How did he do it? He backed horses that he looks after himself.
The Irish Daily Star reports that Conor Murphy from county Cork, a stable hand who works for the trainer Nicky Henderson, managed to pick out five winners from his employer’s yard at the racing event.
It is believed that Mr Murphy landed hit the jackpot after the 7-2 favourite Riverside Theatre raced to victory in the Ryanair Chase.
According to well-placed racing sources, Mr Murphy placed the winning accumulator bet three months ago.
Aside from Riverside Theatre, Mr Murphy’s other winners included Sprinter Sacre, Siomonsig, Bobs Worth and Finian’s Rainbow – all of which are trained by Henderson.
And who does Conor have to thank for his big win? Meath-born jockey Barry Geraghty rode all five of the horses to past their competition and straight to the racing post.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” said trainer Nicky Henderson when asked about the massive win.
“It’s absolutely wonderful. He’s the nicest, kindest, gentlest man and he rides Finian’s Rainbow every day. He’s got more confidence in me than I have and he obviously took a rather strong view, before Christmas I gather,” he added, referring to the fact that Mr Murphy placed his bet three months prior to Cheltenham.
When asked if he expected his stable hand to turn up for work after his big win, Mr Henderson laughed and replied: “He’d better.”
It’s not only a good week for Conor Murphy, it’s also a great week to be Nicky Henderson. Earlier this week, Mr Henderson became the leading Cheltenham Festival trainer of all time after Simonsig won the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.
We imagine there’ll be an awful lot of celebrating done in the Henderson yard over the next few weeks.