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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dont Push It ridden by Tony McCoy win the Grand National

Don't Push It and Tony McCoy wiped the smile off the bookmakers' faces as the public's faith in the Champion Jockey was answered at last with a breathtaking first Grand National success costing the industry an estimated £10 million.

The inspired gamble saw McCoy's mount halve in price from an opening 20/1 with Sky Bet in the morning and his mount was eventually sent off a 10/1 joint favourite when the tapes rose.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "McCoy's victory has cost us millions. We've feared this day for fifteen years and our worst nightmares have just been realised. Punters never lost faith in the champ.

"What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago we were on the champagne and now we're reduced to bread and water. We'll be paying the punters out for months to come. It's the worst result for us in ages and all we can do is grit our teeth and salute the champ."

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