Widower scoops £47,000 on the horses with string of 50p bets

A widower's dream garden is set to become a reality - after he won £47,000 on the horses.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 7:52 am
Jimmy Taylor with his winning cheque
Jimmy Taylor with his winning cheque

Lucky Jimmy Taylor put on a string of 50p bets - totalling £7.50 - on four horses at his local Betfred in Ellison Street, Jarrow.

The horses all came in - landing the 74-year-old with a whopping £47,013 windfall - beating the odds of 65,000/1 to win the Lucky 15 bet on Saturday.

The Betfred in Jarrow where Jimmy placed his stake

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The retired chemical plant process worker successfully went for Yafta and Ginger Nut in the 15.00 and 15.35 at Newbury followed by Stewardess in the 17.50 at Ripon – and finally Save the Bees which was first past the post in the 19.30 at Haydock.

The grandfather-of-four already has plans to splash £3,000 of his winnings on a new lawn to spruce up his garden.

He said: “I had seen Saved the Bees and thought it could do better. Yafta went off at a reasonable price. Stewardess was in good form I went for Ginger Nut which won at 40/1.

“It’s my biggest win by a long way.

“I was watching TV at home when I realised I had won so much. I settled down with a cup of tea and tried to keep calm. I couldn’t even concentrate to do my sudoku puzzle.”

He said: “I couldn’t think straight and didn’t sleep that night because it was on my mind. I kept trying to re-calculate the bet. I must have got up four times in the night for yet more cups of tea!”

He added: “It’s just brilliant to win so much from such a small stake. I have not had time to think about how to celebrate yet.”

As well as a new lawn, Jimmy, plans to have a new bathroom fitted, plastering work done, a new car and a holiday to Tenerife.

He says he also intends to give his sons some cash.

The Lucky 15 bet involves placing a single stake covering 15 combinations of four single wins, six doubles, four trebles and an accumulator. Betfred had promoted Newbury as a best odds guaranteed meeting, and with Ginger Nut winning at 40/1, Jimmy’s Lucky 15 was substantially enhanced – and boosted by a further ten per cent by the bookie as Jimmy picked four winners.

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “I’m chuffed to bits for Jimmy, a regular customer who I’m told has been smiling all week after emptying my pockets on Saturday.

“By my reckoning he’s already found a way to spend his winnings. I have heard of folk buying all sorts of things like parrots, slap up fast food meals, luxury cruises and even a canoe.

“But a lawn is a new one!”