Sunnier climes beckon for a Betfred regular who has won £92,850 from a 25p Heinz bet.

After celebrating with a few gin and tonics, retired HGV driver Kevin Wood and his wife are leafing through the holiday brochures with a view to jetting off to the Caribbean.

“I’ve been a Betfred customer since the company was known as Done Brothers, and during Covid I switched over to betting online,” said Kevin, 68, from Waterlooville, Portsmouth.

“It took me less than 20 minutes or so to pick my six horses because I find the longer you start studying the form the more obstacles you find.

“I went for Gold Tweet because it had come over from France where the weather was better so I knew he would be fit – while Copper Cross, who was a 16/1 winner, was a funny choice because I follow Sir Bob on TV and it was the jockey’s only ride of the day at Cheltenham.

“It was pure luck how I also picked Il Ridoto, Ahoy Senor and Rock My Way at Cheltenham along with Stay Away Fay at Doncaster.

“It’s lovely to win so much and I want to thank Fred Done, even if he is a United supporter and I back Chelsea!

“When I won, I had a few gin and tonics with my wife. She just didn’t believe I could win so much from such a tiny stake, and I’ll definitely be buying her something at some stage.

“We’ll be going on a good holiday somewhere warm like the Caribbean. Barbados and Cuba are among our favourite destinations.”

Kevin, a father-of-three with five grandchildren and one great grandchild, saw his win – which should have been £65,000 – boosted by over £27,000 thanks to Betfred’s Best Odds Guaranteed promotion.

A Heinz bet, which was named after the Heinz 57 trademark, involves 57 bets across six selections – 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-fold accas, six five-fold accas and one six-fold acca.

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Kevin has worked for 40 years as a HGV driver and must have spent some of that time thinking about a big win like this.

“He had smaller winners at Betfred before, but nothing like £92,830 which has come at a great time for him and his family.”

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