Professional golfer Lee Westwood backed the winner of every race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, bagging himself a cool £20,678.
The former World No 1, who has earned £34.4m in prizemoney as a golfer in his career on the European Tour, enjoyed an amazing first day at the races on Tuesday.
Westwood landed a share of the Tote jackpot after winning the first six races of day one before placing a cheeky single bet on Mister Whitaker in the last race in the Handicap Chase.
Lee Westwood won the first nine races at the Cheltenham Festival, bagging himself £21,000
The ex-World No 1 landed a share of the Tote jackpot after winning the first six races of day one
The 44-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday morning hoping for a similar outcome on day two at the races.
He wrote: ‘Lets hope it goes as well as yesterday! #jackpot £££ #cheltenhamfestival.’
Westwood continued his fine form by tipping Samcro to win the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Ladies Day. His second pick – Black Op – finished second in the race.
He then bagged the second race of the day to make it nine winners in a row with Presenting Percy’s victory helping him to achieve the astonishing feat.
Westwood wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: ‘Lets hope it goes as well as yesterday! #jackpot’
If he had have placed a £1 accumulator on all of Tuesday’s winners, Westwood would have more than doubled his return with £41,500.
‘I love my racing but this is the first time I’ve ever gone through the card, and everyone in the box was getting really excited as the winners kept coming in,’ Westwood told The Sun after his successful day at the races.
‘I gave a few people the winner of the first race, Summerville Boy, at 9-1, and they kept coming back to me to see what I was on in the next. So we all made a few quid.
He continued his form by tipping Samcro before Presenting Percy (pictured) made it nine winners
‘I picked up £22,000 for my share of the Tote jackpot, which covered the first six winners, for a £128 stake – 64 lines at £2 apiece, with two selections in every race.
‘I was getting sweaty palms by the time of the sixth race. But my two selections, Rathvinden and Ms Parfois, jumped the last a long way clear of the rest, and once they got over it safely I knew I was in the money!
‘I also backed the winner of the last, which wasn’t part of the Tote jackpot, and that got a massive cheer as well. I’m not saying how much I won altogether – that is between me and my accountant!
The 44-year-old told The Sun it was the ‘first time he had gone through the card’ and that ‘everyone in the box was getting really excited as the winners kept coming in.’
‘But people were saying I’d have to start wearing a disguise to put my next bets on, because the plan is to be here for all four days.
‘Two of the horses I’ve got a share in – Augusta Kate and Ballyalton – are both running on Thursday, and they’ve both got a decent chance. I suppose I can afford to have a few quid on them now.’
A spokesperson for BetFred, who run the Totejackpot, added: ‘We just want to say congratulations to Lee, he is obviously a master tipster.
‘While a loss is a loss, we are more than happy to payout for such a great success.’
Westwood said he picked up £22,000 for his share of the Tote jackpot on Tuesday afternoon