Paddy has been quick to rescue punters hit by the double-whammy of Sprinter Sacre and Darlan’s withdrawl from Sunday’s Cheltenham card by refunding all ante-post bets on the pair.
Trainer Nicky Henderson was forced to pull Sunday’s two hot-pots from the Shloer Chase (2.20) and Racing Post Hurdle (2.50) on Saturday night as ground conditions had turned against them.
Unbeaten chaser Sprinter Sacre had been heavily backed ante-post on his seasonal debut while the JP McManus-owned Darlan was all the rage for the Racing Post Hurdle having being punted into 9/4 favourite from 5/1 ante-post.
Paddy said earlier:
We have refunded stakes on all ante-post bets on both horses for all channels in singles and multiples with no limit for customers. It’s been a fantastic weekend of top-class jumps racing highlighted by Al Ferof’s win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. There’s still one day to go so let’s end it on a high!
And it’s not the first time Paddy’s been hit in the pocket by Sprinter Sacre. Barry Geraghty’s mount strolled to victory in the Arkle Chase at the Festival last March costing us a cool £5m in the process.