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Punters hit Paddy Power for £2.2m as Ruby Walsh romps home on Hurricane Fly

by Sean Goff | March 12, 2013

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Sean Goff | Cheltenham Festival 2013

Hurricane Fly took Paddy Power to the cleaners on Tuesday with a £2.2m payout (€2.5m). He become the first horse since Comedy of Errors in 1975 to regain his Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham.

Paddy’s Money-Back All Losers Special clicked for the second year-in-a-row as jockey Ruby Walsh booted the nine-year-old home ahead of Rock on Ruby in the day one feature. It leaves PP cowering in a corner before the big bosses arrive home, especially after Ruby warned he was gunning for Paddy for ‘taking on’ Hurricane Fly.

But that wasn’t the end of it as Ruby’s win on Hurricane Fly was the middle leg of a Tuesday treble. He also won the Supreme Novices Hurdle on Champagne Fever and the Mares’ Hurdle on Quevega, for the fifth time on the trot. Meanwhile, Simonsig’s win in the Arkle Chase twisted the knife even further as punters had a field day.

Ruby Walsh on Hurricane Fly

RUBY TUESDAY: The Kildare jockey celebrates after his big win on Hurricane Fly. Curses!

Our Money-Back All Losers Special leaves punters who backed Ruby quids-in, as well as giving back real cash – not free bets – to anyone who backed a loser in the Champion Hurdle.

It sounds like madness, and it probably isn’t far off. But there’s cold, hard cash in your pocket (or online account) if you backed any of these losing gee-gees:

  • Zarkandar
  • Rock On Ruby
  • Grandouet
  • Binocular
  • Cinders And Ashes
  • Countrywide Flame
  • Khyber Kim
  • Balder Success

And it’s not as if Paddy wasn’t warned by Ruby Walsh on the Paddy Power Blog last week…

‘I love Hurricane Fly. I can’t understand why Paddy Power is out to get him. I’m delighted to be riding him, I’d hate to be laying him and he takes all the beating. I hope I clean you out. I love the horse. I’ve won a Champion Hurdle on him in 2011 and his form is rock solid. He has had a great season and his preparation has been spot on this year compared to last year. With any normal luck Hurricane Fly takes all the beating and I can’t wait to look Paddy Power in the eye after the race.’

With three days of the festival still to go and Paddy going non runner no bet on all races there’s plenty of cash still swirling around the Cotswolds for punters to hit him even harder with his two Extra Place Specials tomorrow. Even as the men in white coats (or the accountants on the fifth floor) warm up the van, Paddy is preparing for more punishment on Wednesday with his extra-place specials:

  • 1/4 the odds the first 5 places in the Coral Cup at 4pm 
  • 1/4 the odds the first 4 places in the Champion Bumper at 5.15
  • Our Best Odds Promise applies to every race in Britain and Ireland
  • Bucket loads of enhanced specials on Facebook and Twitter

After the mighty Sprinter Sacre emptied the company’s coffers to the tune of £2.5m last year Paddy was on red alert when Hurricane Fly ran up four Grade One wins before delivering the coup de grace earlier today. But a ‘red alert’ to Paddy means about as much as a traffic offence to Carlos Tevez.

So if you see Paddy out on the town tonight, buy him a pint. He’ll need it.

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