sport

Bonus dreams over for Brazier

Wheelie bin cleaner Craig Brazier saw his hopes of adding another near-5.5million to his 1.3million Scoop6 winnings end at York.

His selection Tumblewind finished down the field after a brave effort in the BetBright Trophy.

The six-furlong, 18-runner dash on the Knavesmire was selected as the race for the eight winning tickets from last weekend's record haul in the popular bet - which had rolled over for 12 weeks before being won - to solve for the bonus fund.

Brazier, a 39-year-old from Mansfield who placed his bet at Betfred and so became one of Britain's biggest ever individual betting shop winners, elected to go it alone in not teaming up with other winners, pinning his hopes on the Richard Whitaker-trained Tumblewind.

The filly raced prominently for a long way, but was ultimately swamped at the business end as Derek Shaw's Top Boy got his head in front to ensure the bonus was won for the first time since August 2013.

Brazier said: "I can chill out now and enjoy the rest of my life. She came with a chance, but wasn't good enough.

"I've had a good run for my money - it's still life-changing.

"Congratulations to the syndicate who backed him (Top Boy). I couldn't have had him as he's let me down so many times on the all-weather."

Top Boy's success meant syndicate organiser Bernard Marantelli was celebrating, having the winning horse in conjunction with two other tickets, which added Jamaican Bolt and the unnamed favourite (Alben Star).

Australian-born Marantelli, the boss of Colossus Bets and a previous winner of the Scoop6, had admitted his team were behind despite winning last weekend after the succession of rollovers.

But that all changed after Top Boy, as he said: "We're in front now, we tried to get everyone together and take home around 700,000 working together, but that proved too tricky to do.

"We had three tickets represented, there's different fragments in there and a lot of very happy people today."