Charles Byrnes Hits Bookmakers for 7 Figures

We notified all of our followers early on Tuesday that a massive gamble was taking place at Roscommon. All three of the horses’ were trained by the notoriously shrewd Charles Byrnes and all had Davy Russell in the saddle. There is no doubt that this gamble was well planned and also well timed as a back up plan for Galway. The yard had a huge failed gamble on a horse called Sea Light at the Galway Festival who finished 2nd. The same horse went on to run at the festival a couple of days later and fell at the last hurdle when looking a sure winner. There is no doubt the yard lost quite a substantial amount of money that week. However, Plan B was on the horizon! As he was setting up Sea Light for the Galway punt, he had a string of horses flying fit at home to send to battle if he didn’t do the business. So, he chucked three of them into this Roscommon card for a day that turned out to be spectacular for the punter and horrific for the bookmaker.

The first of those was War Anthem in the 6.40pm who was beat roughly 64 lengths at 40/1 in a Limerick maiden only a few weeks ago. How Byrnes can find 64+ lengths improvement in a horse in 3 weeks is anyone’s guess but he did and the horse was smashed from 18/1 to as short as 2/1 throughout the day. He opened up 5/1 on course, drifted to 6/1 and we were thinking maybe this gamble wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Davy Russell sat patiently on the rail throughout and turning for home took up the running and absolutely hacked up!

The former John Gosden trained Mr Smith was next in line, running in the 7.10pm! Regally bred by Galileo, the gelding also came here in very poor form but form tends to go out the window when we are talking about a Charles Byrnes horse. This horse was smashed from 14/1 into 7/4 favourite before the off which must have staggering amounts of money. Again, Russell rode a very patient race and the horse absolutely dotted up which certainly was no shock. The second leg of the monster gamble was now up and followers up and down the UK and Ireland were going nuts. Could this really happen?

Top Of The Town was cut to as short as 1/3 in places after the second leg won. Now bear in mind this horse was as big as 16/1 early doors, that is incredible! The amount of people waiting on Treble’s, Patent’s and Trixie’s not to mention Single’s is what caused the price to drop so much. Top Of The Town is the name of a pub in Askeaton, County Limerick in Ireland so there is no doubt the entire town were sat in the pub screaming at the television for this one! We can’t fathom the amount of alcohol that will be consumed there tonight. The horse went off 5/4 for a finish and half a mile from home Russell was squeezing the horse along and we thought he might be in trouble. However, turning for home the horse got his second wind and he stayed on dourly to land the monster treble! BOOOOMMMMM! Bookmakers were hit for seven figures overall so that must hurt on a Tuesday afternoon!

Charles Byrnes

“After Galway we needed it,” Byrnes said.

“I did my brains with Sea Light twice and Crystal Pearl getting brought down.

“It’s just the way it turned out. I won’t say that I planned this. I just had a bunch of six or seven horses that hit form and I thought, to hell with it, I may as well throw three or four of them in together and we only put it together in the last couple of weeks.

“To do something like this long term is impossible I think.”

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