Bookies and one lucky Square mile trader clean up at Aintree

WHILE BOOKMAKERS around the Square Mile were celebrating a 66/1 skinner winning the Grand National over the weekend, there were no champagne corks popping at spread betting firm Sporting Index.

The company is still counting its losses after winning horse Auroras Encore came charging home nine lengths clear.

However The Capitalist is told that at least one City trader was celebrating the unexpected race result on Saturday.

One lucky punter’s complex £50 bet gave him a win of £22,450 – not bad for a profit that amounted to around 449 times his initial stake.

■ Spinners behind the website for Irvine Sellar’s Shard skyscraper appear to have missed a trick in relation to the towerblock’s new restaurant Oblix. Despite booking lines for the eatery having been open since last week, and not to mention advertised on numerous London dining sites, the Shard’s own page still informs that “reservations are not yet open.” However, The Capitalist notices an unusual boasting from another online restaurant dining guide, which praises Oblix for offering drinks “chilled with chunks of hand-chiselled ice from purified, filtered blocks.” Machine-chiselled cubes will never taste the same again.

■ Anybody looking closely at the awards presentation during the Grand National this past weekend, may have spotted a trophy similar to one resting on their own mantelpiece, if they work for Investec, The London Stock Exchange, Accenture, Deutsche Bank or Ernst & Young that is. It turns out that Grand National trophy-makers Inkerman, have also crafted glass and silverware for the similarly elite Investec women’s hockey and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.