Scoop6 bonus hunter Christopher Downes will guarantee himself a five-figure profit in his quest for a slice of Saturday’s near £1 million pound pot by laying off his selection on the Betfair Exchange.
Downes is a keen punter whose previous biggest win was £3,400 on a placepot. He is said to be leaning towards picking the favourite, Blazer, as his selection in Saturday’s bonus race at Newbury, the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle.
By picking the 7-2 favourite the lifelong Leicester City fan from Lincoln can then lay the same horse on Betfair and lock in a profit, regardless of the result.
Downes said of his plan: “I will go for the shortest price so that I can win the most for my £30,000 liability. I have two once in a lifetime events happening simultaneously. I was born near Leicester and have been a lifelong supporter so for Leicester to have a chance of winning the Premier League and me to win the Scoop6 is just ridiculous.”
He continued: “It was some day last Saturday, with us beating City and me landing £67,000, so presuming Leicester finish in the top four I will be using my winnings to watch the away legs of the Champions League next season but if I was lucky enough to win the bonus I will buy a racehorse and call it Vardyavinaparty.”
Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented: “Mr Downes has shown how clever he is at picking winners and he is in extraordinary good shape to make sure he profits should his likely pick, Blazer, get beaten.”
He added: “We regularly have customers who use the Exchange to lock in a profit when going for the Scoop6 bonus and we wish him the best of luck tomorrow and with Leicester for the remainder of the season.”