‘I will cross off horses I don’t think can win’

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EIGHT ticket-holders, who pocketed £1.3m each on last weekend’s Scoop6, could add a further £5.5m to their haul if they can pick the winner of today’s bonus race – the Betbright Trophy – at York.

They include 39-year-old wheelie bin cleaner Craig Brazier, who became a millionaire for just a £2 bet when Chatez claimed the final leg of last weekend’s Scoop6 at Haydock.

Today’s test is a fiendishly difficult five-furlong dash that has attracted a very competitive field of 19 runners.

“I’m going to take an hour to myself to look at the race and cross off the horses I don’t think will win. Hopefully, I won’t have too many left to pick the winner from,” he said.

“I’m not feeling any pressure yet. I’m more than happy with what I won on Saturday and I’m treating the extra money as exactly what it is – a bonus. We’re all really looking forward to our day out at York – it will be quite a change from our usual visits to Southwell. I know I said I would carry on working, but if I win the bonus I may have to reconsider!”

William Derby, York’s chief executive, welcomed the extra profile afforded to the Betbright Trophy and offered this advice to racing’s latest millionaire: “I may envy him the opportunity, but I don’t envy him making the decision.”

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