Cup First4 Reaps Punter $450K

One TattsBet punter enjoyed Melbourne Cup day more than most after nailing the First4 and turning a $5 bet in to $457,225 windfall.

What made the bet more remarkable was the fact the customer made their selection straight up, which goes against the trend of most punters who tend to box multiple horses in a First4.

TattsBet General Manager Brad Tamer said the chances of a punter selecting the first four finishers in order in a 24-horse field were very slim.

“I take my hat off to anyone who gets the First4 in a race as wide-open as yesterday’s Melbourne Cup,” Mr Tamer said.

“The customer obviously had faith Red Cadeaux could produce another brilliant run in the race - as he did back in 2011 - and he was right on the money.

“His presence, along with Simenon’s in the First4, pushed the payout to $91,445 out of a pool of over $4.3 million.

“$5 is a fairly small investment, but this customer backed themselves and reaped the rewards in the end.”

TattsBet’s turnover on Melbourne Cup day was $68 million with $41 million wagered on the Cup, alone, as Gai Waterhouse landed her first win in the race with Fiorente going one better after his second-place finish in 2012.

Fiorente jumped a $7.25 favourite in TattsBet’s fixed price final field book and Damien Oliver’s mount attracted 14,507 individual fixed price bets. Mackinnon Stakes runner-up Dear Demi attracted the most fixed price wagers with 16,332 individual bets coming in before the Cup, but she failed to run out the 3200 metres and came home in 19th.

Over 370,000 customers visited or used the app throughout the day.

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