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200 "Runners" Used In Irish Betting Coup

Thursday, 24th June 2010

Thursday Odd Spot: Mastermind Douglas Taylor revealed "the extraordinary betting coup" pulled off at Ireland's Kilbeggan racetrack on Monday evening involved 200 "runners" each being paid between €10 (A$15) & €30 (A$45) to place a €200 (A$300) win bet on his horse D Four Dave "5 minutes before the 7pm race start in separate betting shops around the Dublin & Kildare area," reported racingpost.com. Taylor explained each "runner" was given a letter "with detailed instructions how to carry out the task & a watch to ensure all bets were placed at exactly the same time". In addition, the "vast majority of the 200 individuals employed to place the bets were foreign nationals, as the organisers sought to minimise the risk of information being leaked". The 6YO gelding D Four Dave (Noverre-Stiletta, by Dancing Brave) was backed from 14-1 to 5-1 "before galloping to an easy 7-lengths victory". Taylor confirmed the winning plunge scooped "not far off €200,000 (A$300,000)" & noted: "Like all good plans, this came together over a few pints of Guinness with a few close friends. I went in to work the very next day & set everyone to work on it. We were quietly confident on the evening. Conor O'Dwyer (trainer) thought D Four Dave (who to that point boasted just 1 runner-up from 8 starts) was improving all the time & reckoned the trip would suit him."

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