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Stuart Dalgleish 9th Jan 2012 - 16:58

200/1 winner lights up Taunton for 83 year-old Pauline

It was more than New York that lit up on a dreary Monday afternoon when Lights of Broadway won at Taunton racecourse at monster odds of 200-1, leaving punters and bookmakers astounded.

But one William Hill customer, Major Pauline Nye, a retired Army Major from West Sussex called the winner.

The 83-year-old owns Ben Eva, a stable-mate of Lights of Broadway at Jo Hughes-Lambourn yard, and regularly follows today's winning jockey Mark Grant.

The octogenarian placed a £10 each-way bet online with williamhill.com and scooped £2,400 courtesy of her loyalty.

Speaking on Monday, Mrs Nye commented: ‘'I'm absolutely delighted to win. I think Mark is a smashing jockey, and always have a bet when he's aboard. He comes from great racing stock with his Mum (Elizabeth) having bred Menorah. Although I wasn't at the course, I watched on television, and they could have heard me in the next town when I cheered her home!''

Only 109 bets in total were placed with William Hill, with the two biggest bets of £10 each-way placed online on the six-year-old mare. A £5 win single was the biggest bet placed within Hills's retail estate. Hills now offer 200/1 that any horse in 2012 wins at an SP of greater than 200/1.

Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: ‘'This is definitely a result to cheer, although the 109 customers who managed to find a 200-1 winner will probably be making more noise! Amazingly, Lights of Broadway was followed home by another 50-1 outsider Wishes and Stars, and a small online bet of 3p was placed by a psychic punter on the 3,484/1 forecast.''


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