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Rupert Wyman 11th Mar 2011 - 12:58

Dalmation could make bookies go (s)potty with bumper payout

Bookmakers William Hill could be paying out over £16,000 if Fiona the backcross Dalmatian scoops Best of Show at this year's Crufts on Sunday.

Her owner, Julie Evans, visited a William Hill shop in Chester on Friday and staked a cumulative total of £200 on three different bets, £100 for Fiona to win Best of Breed at 16/1, £50 on her winning Best of Class at 50/1 and £50 on her winning Best in Show at 250/1. Julie has offered to donate all her winnings to the Canine Defence League, who could end up with a windfall of £16,800.

"As a company, we have a long history with dog racing and have been betting on Crufts for many years. Fiona represents our biggest ever Crufts liability - but with all of the money going to charity, we will be cheering her on come Sunday," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

Julie , who got Fiona from Nevada, said "She is a lovely dog and gets on with everybody, humans and dogs and we think that she has a very good chance of doing well."

William Hill were also offering odds on what class of dog will wins Best of Show, although due to Crufts having already started, betting has been suspended. A Hound or a Terrier were the 7/2 joint favourites at the time of closing the book.

Crufts Best In Show Winner (now suspended): 7/2 Hound; 7/2 Terrier; 4/1 Gundog; 5/1 Pastoral; 11/2 Utilty; 11/2 Working; 6/1 Toy

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