As a long-serving sailor in the Royal Navy, our latest winner has travelled the world – but after winning an amazing £290,756 from a £104 Canadian, he’s headed somewhere new.

The 68-year-old’s win was boosted by a staggering £194,000 – a record amount for a horse racing bet during our 52-year existence – thanks to our Best Odds Guaranteed promotion.

It took no more than two minutes to make his five selections – including Skewiff in the 16.00 at Carlisle and Aristo Du Plessis half-an-hour later at the same meeting.

The latter gave his bet a huge boost, drifting from 15/2 to 10/1 at the off.

He also had Hot Hot Hot in the 18.30 at Wolverhampton, Via Serendipity in the 19.00 – and finally Jack Berry House in the 19.30.

The super-generous sailor, from Devon, has already given £500 to each of the five employees at the Betfred shop at Derry’s Cross in Plymouth, and first on his agenda is using some of his winnings to go travelling.  

He said: “I want to see all the pretty girls in Scotland, and everyone tells me the scenery is also nice. It is somewhere I’ve never been but always wanted to go.”

“I’ve been coming to Betfred for 20 years, always betting on the horses. I’ve won before, but never this much. I can’t believe that my winnings have been boosted by nearly three times.

“I came in and just went ‘tick, tick, tick’. It took me less than two minutes to make my selections.

“I was just very, very lucky.”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Here’s the proof that if you bet with us you can pick up amazing bonuses. It really does take some believing that this fella has picked up almost £200,000 extra.

“Have a few malt whiskeys on me!”

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