A stable hand who wagered about £50 in an accumulator bet on the horses trained by his boss has collected £1 million at the Cheltenham racing festival.
Cork-born Conor Murphy backed five horses trained by Nicky Henderson to win the mind-boggling payout.
Murphy, who lives in Lambourn, told Newbury Today: “I still cannot believe it. Even this morning it is still sinking in. I haven’t even thought about the money yet. It was just pure luck.”
He said he had no idea how he would spend his fortune, but confirmed he would be fronting at work on Monday morning.
Murphy placed his wager through Bet365 in December, when he perceived the odds were better.
Murphy backed five of Henderson’s six winners – Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig, Bobs Worth, Finian’s Rainbow and Riverside Theatre.
Finian’s Rainbow is a personal favourite for Murphy, who rides him daily.
The final horse that sealed Murphy’s monster payout, Riverside Theatre, never looked like being in the money, but stormed back into contention to take the win.