It could be the greatest long-term bet in the history of racing should it come through, and British jumper Splash of Ginge is a step closer to realising a £1 million payoff for his owner should he win next year’s Grand National at Aintree.
Before Splash of Ginge had even started in a race, owner John Neild had £1000 on him to win a Grand National at any time of his career at odds of 1000-1.
It is little wonder then that Neild celebrated so hard over the weekend when Splash of Ginge won the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham over the weekend.
As captured by Racing UK (below), Neild rode the horse home all of the way in the £160,000 race, with the win likely to lift the horse’s rating to a point where he will make the field for the world famous race in April.
As a Liverpool local, Neild has dreamt of having a National runner his entire life, and with £1 million now on the line, he is set to be the focus of enormous publicity in the lead-up to the race on April 14.
“I had £1,000 on Splash Of Ginge winning the Grand National at any time in his life at 1,000-1 before he had ever run,” Neild told Racing UK.
“But don’t tell the wife, she’ll divorce me.”
“It’s a million quid but, regardless of that, he’s the horse of a lifetime for us. You can’t buy nothing like him.
“He cost us £20,000, but won us about £280,000. I own him but, for me, this horse belongs to people who can’t afford to have a horse.”
Those people include the Ginge Army, a fan group which has formed around the horse and they are still likely to be celebrating the win at the nearby Hollow Bottom Pub, close to the stables of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Neild spent £17,000 celebrating Splash of Ginge’s big win at Cheltenham in 2014 over four days.
Heaven knows what the bar tab would be should Splash of Ginge win the National.