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D’OH! Paddy Power pays out £100,000 after Fakenham ‘winner’ goes the wrong way

by Paddy Power Admin | November 20, 2012

Jockey Brendan Powell may be red-faced after his wrong-turn blunder today at Fakenham but Paddy Power customers know they’re on the right track.

Paddy Power has paid out almost £100,000 on Benny The Swinger (5-4 fav) as a winner even though Powell’s mount went the wrong side of the divide at the end of the 2m½f handicap chase jumping the fence in front of the stands instead of crossing the winning line.

Paddy Power quickly took the decision to pay out on Benny The Swinger as a winner, as well as the actual winner, the Michael Chapman-trained Peak Seasons.

Paddy said: “I’m a punter as well as a bookie and if I’d backed a 5-4 favourite beaten in such circumstances, I’d certainly be hoping that my layer coughed up.

He looked one of the unluckiest winners ever and it’s just a shame that we weren’t around in 1956 when Devon Loch inexplicably threw the National away as I’m sure we would have paid out!

Powell’s mistake is not the first at Fakenham with Gold Cup and King George-winning jockey Sam Waley-Cohen riding a finish early in December last year. Denis O’Regan and Sam Thomas also made errors around the sharp course in 2008, according to the Racing Post.

All bets on the selection, including multiples, will be settled as winners.

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  1. kez said on November 20, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    fair play paddy p, nice to see a bookmaker with a bit decency, shame i didnt have that backed.

  2. John Mason said on November 20, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    This is the second “Justice” payment I have had in the last week, the previous one when the horse turned as the tapes went up. Many thanks Paddy.

  3. Ciaran Beirne said on November 20, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    fair play Paddy you truly are the punters pal!!!!!!

  4. aleggoe said on November 20, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Well done paddy power others should follow

  5. Garry said on November 20, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    Well done Paddy. We can rely on you to play fair. 11/10

  6. Trevor Smith said on November 20, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    well done Paddy the best bookie by far

  7. anthony judge said on November 20, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    well done paddy…..levels u devils…pp is where de value is,,,,,

  8. Ricky said on November 20, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Like everyone has said, Paddy is the Punter’s pal…that is why we back with him. :)

  9. Liam said on November 20, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    Cheers Paddy, I was gutted when I saw what happened but your “Justice ” payout was much appreciated. Thanks again.

  10. eoghan said on November 20, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    remmeber scotsirish + others this time last year at cheltenham

  11. fred sloan said on November 20, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Well done paddy power, you have got all my business from now on. Great company with a heart.

  12. kev said on November 20, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    well done, a bit of publicity on a 5/4 shot. shame they dint do it when
    Outlaw Pete did it @cork, but then again that was 20/1

  13. michael wilson said on November 20, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Hats off Paddy. justice for the swinger

  14. george said on November 20, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    worth a 4 figure sum to me, many thanks Paddy

  15. gary said on November 20, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    Damn.backed it at boyles because price was better and those tight gets are not paying out twice,getting better price has backfired this time but well done pp.

  16. DEREK said on November 21, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    deffo TOP MAN PP, hope all the other so called bookies sit up and follow PP, WELL PLAYED.. PP ALWAYS LEAD THE WAY FOR US PUNTERS.

  17. rambles said on November 21, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    now thats what i all customer service…. what a bookie !!!!

  18. jerseykid said on November 21, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Really appreciated , well done Paddy..

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