Two major weekend betting coups, one leading to an all-time record payout, dominate launch by bookmaker Paddy Power.
At a launch in Dublin, the Paddy Power bookmaking organisation announces sponsorship details of for a major new three mile chase to be run at Leopardstown.
However, talk at the launch is dominated by two major weekend betting coups. A group of students cost the bookmaker £9,000 when they bet on a murder plot in the American animated series 'The Simpsons' one week after they had seen the crucial episode on television in the United States. The students had odds of 500-1 on Maggie Simpson being the killer of Mr Burns.
Managing director of Paddy Power Stewart Kenny says people love to see a bookie getting caught out.
There’s no point moaning, we’re paying out the money.
Most talk however is of the Finglas punter who struck it big with a £4,000 win double bet on Cap Juluca at 12-1 to win on the English Cambridgeshire race in Newmarket and Lammtarra at 9-2 to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The shrewd speculator netted a new all-time Irish payout record of £286,000.
This man is quite clearly either very lucky, or a genius.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 October 1995. The reporter is Colm Murray.