A GAMBLING expert who won £2.5MILLION at Cheltenham has revealed his golden rule.
Richard Brocklebank – who wrote a book about his incredible win – feels the best way to take home a fortune is to “get the value”
He urged Brits to place their bets on the day of the races .
Richard, 57, of Hyde, Cheshire, said: “For those punting at the Cheltenham Festival, which starts this coming Tuesday, my golden rule is get the value.
“Back in the day advance ante-post flutters were a fabulous way of banking value, but these days the value ante-post isn’t there at all for the man in the street.
“I’d say now the best value is on the race day itself, with bookmakers of all kinds offering extra places in lots of races and they also very often push the prices out a bit.
“The special offers sometimes are so good that you can have a bet to nothing.
“The ante-post punt is often overtaken by events with horses declared non-runners after standing on a stone, or injuring themselves on the gallops.”
Richard won £1,519,301 on horse From Dawn To Dusk.
And after another race, Cheltenham provided him a £115,00 Scoop6 win that he followed with an £804,000 bonus.
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So with nearly £2.5 million bagged thanks to Cheltenham winners the track has special place in his heart.
Richard’s syndicate has always looked for the value and the longshot to help them land the big wins.
The author – who was thrilled when legendary jockey Frankie Dettori penned the foreword for his book – added: “Don’t be afraid to just watch a race – if you cannot see, or perceive any value in the contest, then leave it alone from a punting perspective and just enjoy the spectacle.
“Nothing gets the blood pumping in sport more than a bunch of top-rated thoroughbreds flying the hurdles and fences in the Cotswolds in March – they are the best of the best.”
In his book – titled ‘£3 Million In 3 Weeks: The Squirrel Syndicate’ – the author recalls how aged 21 he had a life-changing tickle for a £2.50 each way six-timer with William Hill on Cheltenham Festival Trials Day.