After Sprinter Sacre’s stunning win in the Arkle Chase yesterday – on which Paddy Power refunded a wallet-bursting £2.5m – the crack two milers of the senior brigade Sizing Europe and Big Zeb do battle this afternoon. Those in the know already believe that Sprinter Sacre has only to turn up to claim Champion Chase honours in 2013 as the new kid on the block looks to replace the old guard.
Sprinter Sacre’s win yesterday left Barry Geraghty, who’d been singing his praises all year, speechless. “I’ve never ridden a horse that goes at it the way he does,” Geraghty said. There was plenty left. I was calling him Mourinho when I came in. He really is the special one.” But that’s for next year.
Henry de Bromhead’s reigning champion Sizing Europe (3.20) is widely regarded as a banker today and with David Pipe’s Grands Crus (2.40) (whose price is causing a bit of a frenzy on Paddy Power’s Facebook at the moment) a short-priced in the race before, these results will determine whether punters are waving or drowning on day two.
Paddy Power made ‘Sacre Bleu‘ headlines yesterday after refunding £2.5m of losing bets on the 2012 Arkle Chase. Sprinter Sacre raced home just ahead of Cue Card. That meant a lot of hurt for us – but our customers were delighted as our Money-Back Special clicked on the super Tuesday race.
As Sprinter Sacre won the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Paddy Power refunded £2.5m in losing bets. Added to that, there was a payout of about £2.7 million on winning bets for Sprinter Sacre at an SP of 8/11. That’s a WHOPPING payout of more than £5,000,000. *puffs cheeks*
Customers benefitted hugely from Paddy Power’s extra generous concession on the Arkle and the refund was the biggest of its kind in the history of bookmaking.
It was a great start to the festival, being attened by 250,000 punters and puts plenty of cash back in their pockets for the rest of the week. And it put Paddy propping up a bar somewhere in the Cotswolds. In the past, we have dodged bullets when taking on Dunguib, Cue Card and Cousin Vinny at the festival in the last three years. 2012 hasn’t been so lucky yet. Taking on Sprinter Sacre was bold move with just five other runners in the race and the favourite as short as 10/11 to win! But heck, that’s how we roll at Paddy Power. It makes betting just a little more interesting. What did your bookie do to make the first day memorable?
Enjoy your refunds, folks. It’s been emotional – and we’ve only just begun!
– Max refund: e100/£100 per customer.
– Applies to bets placed on the Arkle Chase from 8am 28th February.
– Applies to win (and win part of each way) single bets only placed before the start of the race.
– The customer’s selection must run in the Arkle Chase for the refund to apply.
– Does not apply to extra markets.
– Does not apply to Tote bets.
– Paddy Power reserves the right to refuse refunds if a customer backs multiple runners in this race.