Pic: Irish college students convince mate to place a Cheltenham top jockey bet on a jockey who doesn’t exist 5 years ago

Pic: Irish college students convince mate to place a Cheltenham top jockey bet on a jockey who doesn’t exist

We like the sound of this Ruby McCoy fella.

The Cheltenham festival starts today and while it feels a bit like Christmas for seasoned punters, it also prompts the sudden emergence of so-called expert gamblers who wouldn’t know a horse if it kicked them in the face 51 weeks of the year.

Well, maybe 50, they’ll be back for the Galway Races again at the end of July.

You can feed these Johnny-come-latelys any sort of ridiculous information and they’re likely to lap it up, as one would-be punter did when having a wager on who’s going to be the top jockey in Cheltenham this week.

The gullible punter in question is in college in UCD and was fed the information from mates of his before he was about to place the below bet in a bookies in Ferns in Wexford.

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For his own sake, we’ve omitted the name of the punter in question, but we’re also reliably informed that the lads convinced him to talk up a horse called Shergar (seriously) and that he was considering him for a treble alongside Dawn Run and Kauto Star.

To be honest, that treble has as much of a chance of some of the wagers that are likely to be placed in Cheltenham this week.

Happy punting folks.