A lucky punter has won a whopping $64,000 with one far-fetched $24 bet at the Melbourne Cup – successfully picking the top four horses.
Star jockey Jye McNeil led Twilight Payment through to the finish line on his first attempt at the race that stops the nation, albeit it in front of an empty grandstand at Flemington.
Twilight Payment’s incredible win was followed by Tiger Moth, Prince of Arran in third place and The Chosen One in fourth place.
A punter in NSW tipped those four horses to win with a mere $24 on a First 4 bet – and he wasn’t disappointed with the outcome.
Star jockey Jye McNeil led Twilight Payment through to the finish line at the 2020 Melbourne Cup
Twilight Payment seen ahead of runner up Tiger Moth at the 2020 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday
This year’s event was a world away from typical celebrations with no crowds at Flemington. Pictured: Racegoers last year
Pictured: An empty Flemington Racecourse. There were no crowds at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic
With a chance of just one in 2,684 of winning the bet the backer scored a huge $64,418.50 payday, news.com.au reported.
Earlier in the day, another lucky punter won $30,000 after betting just $1 after successfully picking out the first four winners in the second race.
With odds of 30,000 to 1, the gambler chose No Restriction to win the 1400m World Horse Racing Desirable Stakes, which was paying an outside $41 for victory.
They then followed it up with Pride Of Jenni, Ripper Rita and Sweet Reply which finished second, third and fourth respectively.
The bet earned him an incredible $30,070.10.
Prince Of Arran seen finishing third as Twilight Payment and Tiger Moth lead the race
The Chosen One ridden by Daniel Stackhouse prior to the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse
Pictured: Melissa (left) Jordan (middle) and Casey (right) celebrate the Melbourne Cup in Footscray Park, opposite Flemington Race Track
Despite the success of the day for those willing to take a chance, the death of star horse Anthony Van Dyck has caused an uproar.
The horse broke down with just 500m left in the race before he was loaded into an ambulance.
It was later revealed the beloved thoroughbred suffered a fractured fetlock and had to be euthanised due to the extent of the injury.
Racing Victoria’s executive general manager Jamie Stier confirmed on Tuesday afternoon the horse had been put down.
One of the favourites Anthony Van Dyck broke down and had to leave the track by ambulance after failing to finish the 3200m race. Pictured: Irish horse Anthony Van Dyck enjoying a sand roll after galloping at Werribee Racecourse on Monday
Pictured: Sydneysiders gather at the Harbour View Hotel to watch the race that stops the nation on Tuesday
‘It is with sadness that we confirm that Anthony Van Dyck had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured fetlock during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,’ Mr Stier said.
‘The horse received immediate veterinary care, however he was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.
‘Our sympathies are extended to the owners of Anthony Van Dyck, trainer Aidan O’Brien and all his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.’
Animal rights group PETA have called for an immediate investigation into the death.
‘While the industry focuses on the money made from animal suffering, glossing over the bleeding lungs, broken bones, and death, the reality of the abusive racing industry is that horses are made to run to the detriment of their health,’ the group said.
There have been six horses who have died on Melbourne Cup day since 2013, sparking major backlash against the race.
Melbourne Cup tragedies:
2013: Verema was euthanised after snapping a bone in her leg.
2014: Admire Rakti collapsed and died in his stall after a race and Araldo broke a leg and was euthanised.
2015: Red Cadeaux broke his left foreleg, was rushed to the vet for surgery and was euthanised some days later.
2016: Regal Monarch died after a dramatic mid-race fall.
2018: Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher was euthanased on the Flemington track after breaking its shoulder during the Melbourne Cup