Wednesday’s Tote Jackpot dividend of £30,146.70 at Kempton Park was the biggest return for the six-leg bet in over two years. One of those celebrating, for more than one reason, was Tom Raine.
Tom, who is part of the team that runs the Pimlico Racing syndicate, was enjoying some 40th birthday celebrations for his fiance Siobhain.
And as his ticket got closer and closer to the final leg, Tom decided to break the news to his unaware partner.
“We were having dinner and a few celebratory drinks and with three races to go I told Siobhain that I had a bet on that might pay a bit,” Tom told the Tote.
“We had half the family down so I had to pull her into a room to tell her quietly that we had three horses in the last and that one would pay around £7,000, another would pay a little bit more, but our third selection would return £30k.”
Lo and behold, that final horse was John Butler’s Soar Above, who finished well under Laura Pearson to land the spoils for the 24.57 winning units.
A fateful phone call from friend Nathaniel
Tom’s luck doesn’t just extend to winning the Tote Jackpot, he’s got his friend and Pimlico Racing partner, Nathaniel to thank for his share of the funds.
“Myself and Nat worked together at Tim Vaughan’s 10 years ago and lived together there, became good mates and he’s going to be best man at my wedding.
“He had seen the Jackpot rollover and had gone through the races before phoning me to ask if I wanted a share of his ticket.
“Thankfully, I said yes! Nat had half the ticket, I had a quarter and his dad had the other quarter.”
The trio split a 216 line attempt at the Jackpot, costing £216 - a modest sum when compared to the £30,146.70 return.
For Tom’s share of the prize, there’s only one place that it was going to be spent.
“The wedding is sorted now - any outstanding balance is covered with the win, so it’s been spent already really!”
Great end to a successful 2020 for the team
The Tote Jackpot win has been the cherry on the cake for Tom and Nathaniel who have enjoyed a fruitful year with their Pimlico Racing syndicate.
Tim Vaughan trains two horses for the team, while they also have representatives in Ireland, one with Joseph O’Brien, recent Naas fifth Schone Aussicht with Henry De Bromhead, and another trained by David Cottin in France.
“All of the horses that have run for the syndicate have won, and all of them have cost £8,000 or less,” Tom explained.
The knack for spotting a bargain was clear a few years back with Blu Cavalier, currently on the sidelines and facing retirement, who was picked up out of a seller for £6,000 before taking third place prize money in the Betfair Hurdle.
There are bold plans for their French trained representative, Zoffany Bay.
“We picked him up in the summer after he was well beaten in a seller and he’s won two of his four races for us and was second last time out. He could be heading for the Pau Champion Hurdle at the start of March.”
An expansion of the Pimlico Racing portfolio could be on the cards, with the team looking to make it “as close to sole ownership as possible while being a syndicate”.