Good­will rac­ing story

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

A benev­o­lent Sligo bookie was among the talk­ing points in the Tele­graph re­cently. Its rac­ing cor­re­spon­dent Mar­cus Armytage re­told a story of a punter who re­ceived his winnings de­spite leav­ing Clever­agh with­out col­lect­ing them on race day.

It de­scribed how rac­ing en­thu­si­ast Jeremy Dougall paid Sligo Races his first visit for its 2-day meet­ing in Au­gust. While stay­ing in the Clayton, Dougall was at both race meet­ings and he backed a num­ber of win­ners, the last a €30 win bet on a 5-1 shot.

How­ever he left the race­course with­out col­lect­ing his prize.

He found his bet­ting slip later that evening from a bookie by the name of McGar­rity and de­cided when he re­turned home to ring the race course on the off chance. They put him onto Horse Rac­ing Ire­land and low and be­hold the fol­low­ing morn­ing he got a phonecall from McGar­rity who then im­me­di­ately trans­ferred his winnings. Dougall said: “It is also ev­i­dence that I ac­tu­ally backed a win­ner at Sligo!”.

River­stown’s Aoife McDer­mott of Le­in­ster com­mis­er­ates with Con­nacht’s An­n­marie O’Hora af­ter the 2018 Women’s In­ter­provin­cial Rugby Cham­pi­onship match be­tween Con­nacht and Le­in­ster at the Sport­grounds. Pic: Bren­dan Mo­ran/Sports­file.

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