Chip shop owner who won £150k at Cheltenham gives his Festival tips

A trip to Cheltenham races a couple of years ago turned out to be especially good for one particular punter.

Les de la Haye, a descendant of the founder of Jersey Royal potatoes, won almost £150,000 on a bet.

All of the property developer's horses in the Scoop 6 won their races during the meeting in January 2017, gifting him the huge windfall.

"It was a nice little win," Les said.

"It's not easy to get six horses to win.

"I've had four up and five, but that's the only time I've had them all.

"I remember in the last race I had three horses as it looked a hard race to pick the winner.

"I was so excited to see them fighting out the finish."

Mr de la Haye, whose great-great grandfather Hugh created the potatoes with a paper-thin skin in his native Jersey, collected £49,517 plus a £100,000 bonus for being the only winner.

He staked £192 on Festival Trials Day, where horses and jockeys have their final warm-up before the big four days in March.

Ben Pauling has had two Cheltenham Festival winners and he now trains Mr de la Haye's three horses he bought after his big win.

The stables are not far from his chip shop in the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water.

"They are called Delahaye Gold, Del La Mar Rocket and On Springs," he said.

"I had a good horse called Royal Expression with Mary Reveley that ran at Cheltenham over 20 years ago and I thought as I'm getting older, it was the right time to buy a few more."

At Cheltenham this year, Les plans to put these five horses in an accumulator and this is what he says about their chances:

Shishkin- Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, Tuesday 10 March

"He's around 5/2 in the betting. I have heard a lot about him and really fancy his chances."

Epatante- Unibet Champion Hurdle,Tuesday 10 March

"Her owner JP McManus has a great record in this race and I expect her to add to it."

Altior- Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Wednesday 11 March

"He's a classy horse on his day and can win this race for the third year in a row."

Goshen-JCB Triumph Hurdle,Friday 13 March

"I think he's the best horse in the field and is unbeaten over hurdles, which tells you all you need to know."

Santini- Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Friday 13 March

"Everything is coming right for him and I have a lot of faith in trainer Nicky Henderson."

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