Genius punter wins £390,000 on ONE horse after backing 2-1 favourite in Grand National Festival at Aintree

A GENIUS punter with very deep pockets was celebrating a massive £390,000 payday at the Grand National Festival.

The anonymous bettor placed a giant stake on 2-1 favourite Fakir D'oudairies in the 3.25pm contest on Friday.

And the six-year-old, owned by billionaire racing tycoon JP McManus, absolutely dominated, hosing up by 11 lengths.


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Whoever the punter was placed £195,000 on the horse winning.

At odds of 2-1, that landed a gigantic £390,000 profit and a total return of £585,000.

Former Manchester United shareholder McManus is known for his love of a punt so racing fans suspected the money could have come from him.

He has previously won massive at the Cheltenham Festival.

McManus put £100,000 on Reveillez at 6-1 in the 2006 Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase and pocketed £600,000 profit when it won.

But he can also spot a bargain.

With his wallet bulging, McManus put £5,000 each way on his 50-1 shot Kadoun that same day.

It proved a stroke of genius.

Kadoun saw off 10-1 chance Hordago to win the Pertemps Final and land his owner £300,000.

McManus said of his monster win: "I had a little bit on him. You never have enough on them when they win!

"I don't know where we go from here – I'd forgotten he was in the race!"

This latest huge windfall – whoever it went to – follows on from top tipster Paul Dean's enormous Cheltenham payday.

He won £250,000 from a five-fold accumulator despite his horse falling.

Dean, 40, from Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, stood to win over half a million but partially cashed out his bet before the final race.

And it turned out to be a wise move, as hot favourite Envoi Allen, the horse Dean backed, fell.

Amazingly, Dean then went onto win £140,000 the very next day when correctly predicting the finishing order of the top three horses in the Gold Cup.

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