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One of the greatest gambles of all time has been landed in the 6:25 at Kempton. Barney Curley, one of the most renowned gamblers has organised to win four races in one day even though he’s retired.
The legendary trainer has passed his training base onto Des Donovan who has trained two winners today already in Indus Valley 4:25 Kempton(was 20/1 earlier and won at 4/6) and Eye of the Tiger (was 10/1 won at Evens) Another ex Curley horse called Seven Summit won at 9/4 having been 7/1 in the 1:40 Catterick.
All the money went onto Low Key who was 7/1 but won at 4/7 with accumulators, Yankees and Lucky 15s all waiting on the fourth horse.
Liabilities won’t be fully known until later this evening, but it could run into the millions.
Barney refused to comment to the racing post this morning when asked about the gamble and is not known for making interviews.
The four horses were 9,000-1 last night, 44-1 at lunchtime today and SP was 16-1
Galway racing fans will have the chance to meet the great man himself at the John Mulholland and Racing Post Cheltenham Preview night in a few weeks.
Running for over ten years, the night is a chance for people to discuss and debate the chances of various horses chances at the Cheltenham 2014 Festival. The night is run for Barney Curleys charity DAFA which has raised around €200,000 since the inception of the night.
Barney will be the guest of honour and it may be the only place to hear about today’s legendary attempt to replicate the Yellow Sam 1975 gamble-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
How the bookies were made to pay
- 1.30 LINGFIELD Eye of The Tiger, formerly owned and trained by Barney Curley (right), had not run for 481 days. Having his first run for Des Donovan, who used to work for Curley and trains from his yard.
Racing Post forecast 7-1; Starting Price Evens Fav. Won by nine lengths
- 1.40 CATTERICK Seven Summits, owned and trained by Curley until April 27, now trained by Sophie Leach. Had not run since June.
RP forecast 9-2; SP 9-4F. Won by 1½ lengths
- 4.25 KEMPTON Indus Valley, trained by Donovan, had not run for 700 days. In his four races for Donovan, had been beaten an aggregate of 104 lengths. Never trained or owned by Curley.
RP forecast 25-1; SP 4-6F. Won by ½ length
- 6.25 KEMPTON Low Key, trained by Curley’s former assistant, John Butler. Last ran 11 months ago (distant last of seven). Never trained or owned by Curley.
RP forecast 6-1; SP 4-7F. Won by 1 length