How Phil cleared £29K in profit from just one bet

By on January 8, 2020

One of my favourite things to read about is big wins.

And so with that in mind I asked Phil Griffiths AKA Snowy what his biggest ever win was.

I’ll let him tell the story in his own words…

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“It was on Day two of the Aintree festival in 2009 that I had my biggest ever return and it was in the novice hurdle, the opening race on the card. 

This was a hunch, instinctive bet. 

EL DANCER had caught my eye on his UK hurdles debut when well-fancied but raced too keen on quite soft ground.

He showed me a deal of promise that day and I was waiting for the day that he raced on decent ground, for which, I was convinced, he would much prefer. 


He had two runs before the big day – a very good second to a proper Pipe hotpot, again on very soft ground, giving that horse a real fright, before an easy maiden win against three poor rivals next time. 

He tuned up at Aintree relatively fresh after those three runs but the opposition were useful to say the least. A few that had run in the Supreme at the Cheltenham festival, finishing 3rd & 5th there. The County hurdle winner, plus few others from strong yards and in proper form. 

They all had at least one hard race recently and to me, would be better if it rained. 

So I thought it’s time to play. 

Believing my pick would be around the 12-16/1 mark, 14/1 was in fact his SP. The books opened up the evening before at prices ranging from 20/1-28/1. 

My eyes opened up in disbelief. 

Here I was thinking it’s happy hour and before I knew it, across all the accounts I had at the time, I had amassed £800 e/w. I was intending having around £2-300 e/w but lost the plot!!

By morning the horse was trading at 14-16/1 but Ladbrokes were showing 20/1. I thought sod it, so I ran down to my local shop, about 10 minutes away and plonked another £200 e/w. I may as well have grand on, why not. 


Given a peach of a ride by Dominic Elsworth, the horse was produced to lead close to home to my great joy. 

I cleared about £29k in profit all told. 

The bigger they are the harder you hit them I thought. It pays in my opinion.

I have only had a grand on a horse five times in my life, four since El Dancer. 

These are extremely rare as you can see and everything I have mentioned has to be right for me to do so.


Only one has won but he was around 5/2. CALL THE COPS, last season. I was waiting months for him to reappear and have conditions suitable. When he did, he duly bolted-up, never looking in danger. He then followed up at the festival a few weeks later. I was on again but not for that amount. £100 e/w ante post at 20/1 & £200 e/w on the day at 9/1.


Another was placed at 12-14/1 , so nice profit was made but the other 2 were disappointing to be honest. 


My fault, I broke one of my key rules. Punting too much in too soft a ground. I learnt from both of those and will only smash one up on decent ground in the future.

For a real fancy now I think a proper bet can range from £2-500. It all depends on circumstances now. A lot of things need to fall in place for me go and up the ante. I solely rely on punting for my income, so I have to be thorough & confident in what I do.”

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There’s a few interesting punting lessons embedded in that story that we can all learn from.

Obviously Phil’s a professional so stakes higher than most reading this newsletter but it gives you further insight into his process.

I can’t promise you’ll see a five figure return from a single wager, but if you bet the same horses as a professional you’re almost guaranteed to come out on top in the long run.

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Take care,
Kris Jackman | Founder Tipster Supermarket