This years Wokingham 2018 horse racing result saved the bookmakers from a multi-million pound payout. As Bacchus narrowly won the Wokingham from favourite Dreamfield.
Dreamfield's narrow defeat in the Wokingham Stakes saved the bookmakers from a multi-million pound payout on the final day of Royal Ascot on Saturday, with victory for 33-1 Bacchus the difference between a winning and losing week for many .
Sent off a red-hot 2-1 favourite in a field of 28, victory for Dreamfield would have cost the betting industry in the region of PS3 million it was estimated on Saturday evening, but instead a neck defeat devoted bookmakers the upper hand .
“ Dreamfield's narrow defeat to Bacchus in the Wokingham confirmed a winning week for us bookies ,” said Betway's Alan Alger.” The industry would have been shelling out a fortune had Dreamfield pulled out a bit more in front, so we're breathing a huge sigh of relief .
” Even though Crystal Ocean got the job done for favourite-backers in the Hardwicke, there were enough upsets on the card , not to mention the week, to ensure that we finished Royal Ascot in the black .”
Despite being renowned as one of the most competitive disables of the year, the Wokingham has been synonymous with hefty gambles in the past, with Iffraaj winning as the 9-4 favourite in 2005 and Laddies Poker Two landing a plunge as the 9-2 market leader five years later .
Despite being short on experience after just three winning runs, Dreamfield started shorter than both those past winners for John Gosden, James Doyle and proprietors Godolphin but, having resulted throughout the final furlong, continually drifted left before Bacchus edged ahead close home .
” It was a dream outcome for bookmakers ,” said Paul Binfield of Paddy Power.” Dreamfield was backed like he was not only a Group horse in a handicap but a Group 1 horse and it was a significant result for us .”
It was a similar story for Coral bookmaker , according to spokesman David Stevens, although it has not been all doom and gloom for punters this week .
” We've definitely get out of jail with that outcome, but it hasn't gone all our way this week, and wins for Crystal Ocean and Merchant Navy dedicated final day punters plenty to cheer, but we've no grievances after that Wokingham 2018 result ,” he said .
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