THE punters had the last laugh at Cork as a monster punt was landed.
Call Me Freddie – ridden by golden girl Rachael Blackmore – won at 11-4, having been 40-1 earlier in the day.
Blackmore recently made history in the Grand National at Aintree[/caption]
The horse was backed like defeat was out the question, and at one point was as short as 6-4.
But he delivered by the narrowest of margins, getting up right at the death to win by a neck.
Wild Atlantic Lady looked to have taken the lead as they jumped the last hurdle, but Blackmore was at her best to get the Sam Curling-trained six-year-old home.
However, the horse was down to be partnered by jockey Ian McCarthy.
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But McCarthy was soon replaced by Blackmore after a reported administrative error.
And once the switch was made, the money poured in.
Blackmore, Curling and the owners took the £5,500 first prize between them but it was the bookies who were counting the cost.
Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “Hats off to the punters who backed the winner.
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“We saw plenty of support from 40s down throughout the day and we felt the writing might be on the wall when we saw the pilot change.
“A proper, old-fashioned coup and well done to all involved.”
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