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Old school 40-1 into 11-4 gamble landed on Rachael Blackmore runner at Cork as Call Me Freddie wins


THE punters had the last laugh at Cork as a monster punt was landed.

Call Me Freddie - ridden by golden girl Rachael Blackmore - won at 11-4, having been 40-1 earlier in the day.

The horse was backed like defeat was out the question, and at one point was as short as 6-4.

But he delivered by the narrowest of margins, getting up right at the death to win by a neck.

Wild Atlantic Lady looked to have taken the lead as they jumped the last hurdle, but Blackmore was at her best to get the Sam Curling-trained six-year-old home.

However, the horse was down to be partnered by jockey Ian McCarthy.

But McCarthy was soon replaced by Blackmore after a reported administrative error.

And once the switch was made, the money poured in.

Blackmore, Curling and the owners took the £5,500 first prize between them but it was the bookies who were counting the cost.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “Hats off to the punters who backed the winner.


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"We saw plenty of support from 40s down throughout the day and we felt the writing might be on the wall when we saw the pilot change.

"A proper, old-fashioned coup and well done to all involved.”


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