City punter left sweating on a monster payout

 
Bill Esdaile
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A CORAL customer from London is in for an exciting, if a little anxious, afternoon when hot favourite Australia lines up in the Investec Derby. A win for the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt will land him just under £500,000.

The punter, who wishes to remain anonymous, placed three bets – two doubles and one treble – in February of this year. With wins at the Cheltenham Festival in March for Vautour and Faugheen all three are now running on to the horse who currently heads the Derby betting at 6-4.

“Two winners at the Cheltenham Festival kicked off this bet in style. Since March the customer has faced an anxious wait to see if Australia would make it to Epsom, which he now has,” said Coral’s David Stevens. “And having run an eye-catching race to finish third in the 2,000 Guineas last month, he will start hot favourite for the Derby.”