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Punter wins $245,000 from free bet with TAB

Criterion rules in Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Criterion rules in Queen Elizabeth Stakes

IT took just over two minutes for Carlingford father Richie Vosper to collect $245,000 from a free bet at Randwick on Saturday, courtesy of the TAB.

The TAB and The Daily Telegraph ran a promotion over the two days of The Championships for one lucky on-course punter to win a $50,000 wager on any horse they desired in the feature race for both days.

Vosper’s name was drawn out of the barrel before he selected Criterion in the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

“I made him captain in my Star Stable this morning and reckon he’s the one they have to beat,” Vosper said pre-race.

Criterion took up a forward position shortly after the barriers opened with jockey Craig Williams sitting outside the leader, Fiveandahalfstar. But coming to the 1000m Fiveandahalfstar slipped away prompting Vosper to say: “I don’t like the way this is looking”.

Criterion charges to victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard

Criterion charges to victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

Williams gave Criterion a dig in the ribs coming around the corner and the son of Sebring kicked up the famous Randwick rise, pinching a two-length break on his rivals.

“Go, go, come on, don’t stop,” Vosper yelled as Criterion thundered past the 200m mark.

The 62-year-old was speechless as Criterion crossed the line first, and that was before he calculated how much he had won.

“What’s that, like one hundred and something thousand?,” he asked. “No mate, you’ve just won $245,000,” At The Track informed him.

Asked what he would do with the windfall, Vosper was adamant he would make a smart investment.

“I’ll be paying off the mortgage with that,” he said. “It’s life-changing stuff and I can’t thank the TAB enough for this. I can’t actually believe they allow you to keep the $50,000 I used to win the money.”

Vosper’s kids were on course to witness his moment in the sun and made him promise “lots of presents”.

Originally published as Punter wins $245,000 from free bet

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Posted April 12, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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